Willis D Esbenshade

Born: Thu., Aug. 20, 1931
Died: Wed., Jun. 22, 2011

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Willis D. Esbenshade age 79, of the Olivesburg- Adario area, died Wednesday June 22, 2011 at the Hospice House. He was born on August 20, 1931 in Richland County, the son of Paul and Ruby (Stevens) Esbenshade. Mr. Esbenshade retired from Patterson and Son Fabricators after 20 years, and had engaged in farming all of his life. He was a member of the Olivesburg United Methodist Church, a member of the Butler Township Farmers Institute, and had been a trustee for Butler Township for several years, Mr. Esbenshade was a veteran of the Air National Guard and also of the U.S. Army. He was an avid coon hunter.

On February 1, 1958 Willis married Louise (Nell) Esbenshade who survives. Other survivors include his daughter, Dianna Onie of Shelby; sons, Jeff (Kristie) Esbenshade of Ashland, Tony Esbenshade of Olivesburg; grandchildren, Brittany Onie, Tristan Onie, Destinie Esbenshade, Zack Hershey; brother Berlyn (Nedra) Esbenshade of Shiloh; sisters in -law, Donna (Bernard) Wolf of Ashland, Marlyn Esbenshade of Olivesburg; along with his several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Mervin and Ivan; granddaughter, Taylor Esbenshade; and his special friend Trent Oswalt.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Olivesburg United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Olivesburg Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Ashland Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may visit with the family on Monday June 27, 2011 from 2 to 4:00 P.M. and 6 to 8:00 P.M. at the Heyl Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to the Olivesburg United Methodist Church 4748 St. Rte. 545, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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Ben&Lue Evel
   Posted Thu June 23, 2011
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this Time

sandy shears
   Posted Thu June 23, 2011
Diana,I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know you will always have fond memories to treasure. sandy

Margaret & John Halter
   Posted Fri June 24, 2011
Marlyn & Esbanshade family,
Heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

May God hold your family in his heart, and give all of you the peace as you grieve your loved one.......
Love always,
Margaret & John Halter

Kristie Esbenshade
   Posted Fri June 24, 2011
Willis is my (father n law) he is the most wonderful Man ever....He is up there right now with his buddies chatting away..We will miss him like crazy, I loved him like he was my own dad..I'm married to his son Jeff and I thank my lucky stars everyday with the in-laws that I have...

Cynthia Eckenroth
   Posted Sun June 26, 2011
My mom was Jenice Gallaway, the last time I was able to see Willy was at her funeral in March. The time before that was eating lunch with him at the Farmers Institute and what a joy that was. Growing up and going to every Institute, Willy was a staple, drawing for the prizes. He will surely be missed.

Jodi Fanello
   Posted Sun June 26, 2011
Diana you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your fanther was a Great man. Love you
Jodi

Chris Babbs
   Posted Sun June 26, 2011
Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Chris, Terry, and Allison.

Beth Forbes Sterosky
   Posted Mon June 27, 2011
Lou and family - Willie was such a great man, and such a great friend to my Dad, Smitty. My thoughts are with you, my prayers are for you, and my heart is with you. May you find peace and comfort during these difficult days.

Beth

Shirley (Newman)Baker
   Posted Mon June 27, 2011
He is not only holding your loved one at this time, he will also tenderly hold you, comfort you, and walk with you. Praying you will know the comfort of his presence during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With heartfelt sympathy

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