Lawrence (Butch) Eshleman - March 29, 2014Lawrence W. “Butch” Eshleman, II, 66, of rural Brady passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at his home surrounded by family members
Services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April, at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home with the Rev. James McCrickard officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery with full military honors graveside. Casual or camouflage dress is welcome.
Those wishing to sign a register book may do so from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday with family members present from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Eshleman was born April 15, 1947, to Lawrence W. and Mary Louise Horne Eshleman at Ft. Lewis, WA. He grew up in North Platte and graduated from North Platte High School in 1965.
He enlisted with the United States Army in 1966, serving three years and two tours in Vietnam with the 51st Engineers A Company 589th Engineer Battalion. He was honorably discharged and returned to North Platte.
Eshleman was employed with the Union Pacific Railroad in North Platte, Pocatello, ID, and Little Rock, AR, and was a carman for the Union Pacific for 20 years.
He was a strong, courageous man with a great sense of humor who never gave up, according to family members. He loved to hunt, fish, play pool and weld. He spent many years hunting with friends in eastern Colorado and most recently fishing at his cabin at the K-3 area of Lake McConaughy.
?Eshleman was a member of the VFW, Eagles and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Survivors include: his wife, Barbara of Brady; children—Greg Eshleman, Kelly (Derek) Brown and Heidi (Larry) Thramer, all of North Platte, and Clint (Grace) Ingalls of Papillion; his mother, Mary Eshleman of North Platte; a sister, Cindy (Brad) Andreesen of Lincoln; grandchildren—Justin and Corey Eshleman, Breken Berlyn Brown, Myiah, Luke and Allie Thramer, and Madison Ingalls Yonker; a niece, Sarah (James) Regier of Lincoln; nephew, Cameron Andreesen of Seattle, WA; great-nephew, Owen Regier of Lincoln; numerous other family members.
A memorial has been established.