MILLER, SD – Lester E. Eschenbaum, 87, of Miller, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Good Samaritan Society in Miller.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Miller with Father Paul Josten, celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Miller. Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019 with a 7:00 p.m. prayer and rosary service, all at the church.
Lester was born in Orient, SD on April 13, 1932 to Herman and Helen (Keppen) Eschenbaum. He grew up on the family farm along with his five brothers and one sister, attended country school, and graduated from Miller High School. After graduation, he began serving in the United States Army and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska during the Korean War until his honorable discharge. After working as a welder in Michigan City, Indiana, Lester moved back to the family farm. He married Theresa Keller and together raised 4 daughters.
Lester and Theresa owned and operated Les’ Downtown Mobil gas station in Miller throughout the 60’s and 70’s. In 1978 they purchased the Polly Shoe store and worked together for 40 years until retiring on July 1, 2018. Lester treasured visiting with customers and going to coffee with many friends over the years.
Lester was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, VFW, and the American Legion. He served his community as a volunteer fireman and a fire chief for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Eschenbaum of Miller; four daughters: Sandy (Rick) Sawvell of Sioux Falls, Lynn (Mike) Timmerman of Sioux Falls, Denise (Jerry) Rogers of Littleton, CO, and Leslie (Marlyn) Waltner of Sioux Falls; 7 grandchildren: Ryan Dennis, Kristyn (Jessie) Zornes, Ricky (Laura) Sawvell, Layne Waltner (fiancé Stephen), Alex Waltner, Abby Timmerman, Megan Timmerman; 5 great grandchildren: Liam Dennis, Kiela Olson, Emma Olson, Callie Brandhagen, Keller Sawvell; 2 brothers: Roger Eschenbaum, Redfield, and Norman Eschenbaum of Sturgis; sister and brothers-in-law: Phyllis Eschenbaum, Maxine Thompson, LuVay Canale, Keith (Pat) Keller, Alice Keller, Terri Keller; and several nieces and nephews.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Annette; his brothers and sisters-in-law: Marvin, Keith (Millie), Willard (Mary Jane) and Etta Eschenbaum, and the following brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gene (Ethel) Keller, Don Keller, Leon Keller, Martin Thompson, Evelyn (Frank) Burke, and Carl Keller.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Lester’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net