Written by The Wolf Point Herald
Bernhardt “Ben” Esch-enbacher, 95, of Froid, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home in Culbertson.
He was born Dec. 3, 1917, to August and Maria (Wagner) Eschenbacher on the family farm near Froid. He attended country school, before venturing into farming and ranching. He eventually got out of ranching to do what he loved most — farming.
On June 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Elsie Olesen of Sidney. To this union, two children were born, Dennis Ray and Carol Sue. They made their home on the farm, 12 miles east of Froid.
While in Froid, he served many years on the Froid Credit Union board and the Farmers Union board. He was a member of Froid Lutheran Church and later Pella Lutheran Church of Sidney. He had been a resident at Roosevelt Memorial Nursing Home for the past four years, where he touched the hearts and lives of many.
In his younger years, he loved to hunt and fish. He was an avid horseshoe player, bringing home many trophies. He had a passion for flying and had his own plane. He was so proud to have achieved his pilot’s license.
After retiring from farming, Ben and Elsie moved to Sidney in 1981. He enjoyed keeping the trees trimmed, lawn fertilized, mowed and green.
He loved spending time with his three grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. They always brought a smile to his face. He was so proud of them.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie; son, Dennis; and sisters, Barbara Young, Florence Eschenbacher and Myrtle Eschenbacher.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Davidson of Froid; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Cooper and Helene Coolidge, both of Culbertson; and one brother, August Eschenbacher of Yakima, Wash.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 28, at the Froid Lutheran Church in Froid. Burial was in the Grandview Cemetery, near Froid.