Lemon Bay Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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Alford Eugene Eslinger

January 15, 1934November 6, 2019

Alford Eugene Eslinger (Gene) of Rotonda West, Florida, passed away at the age of 85 on November 6, 2019. Born January 15, 1934 in Barling, Arkansas. Gene will be missed by all who knew him for his kindness, unselfishness and sense of humor. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He cherished his wife, loved his children and loved his country. He was an avid reader, enjoyed listening to music, playing card games, fishing, and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.

Gene served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1972 and fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a Bronze Star and retired from military service in 1972. Immediately after, Gene served in the Federal Government, Defense Investigative Service and retired from Federal Service in 1992.

Gene is survived by his wife Kathy K. Eslinger, daughters Karin P. (John) Pendleton of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cheryl L. Eslinger of Richmond, Virginia and son Gregory R. (Julie) Eslinger of Alexandria, Virginia; his sister Doris Matlock and brother Ray Eslinger. Gene is survived by grandchildren Jason (Mandy) Pendleton and Megan Eslinger; great grandchildren Zachary (Catie) Pendleton and Hunter Pendleton. Predeceased by his parents Alfred D. and Lorene Eslinger

A memorial service with Military Honors will be held for family and friends at Sarasota National Cemetery on November 14 at 2:30 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans Nursing Home of Port Charlotte, Florida.

Arrangements are by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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Alford Eugene Eslinger

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Jerry&kathy Hall

November 18, 2019

Kathy and I send our condolences to all the Eslinger family in your time of sorrow.
Gene will be sadly missed by the folks on Broadmoor lane and by everyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him.
We enjoyed our walks with Lollipop past Gene and Kathy's home and stopping to let Lollie go to Gene and collect her treat. He and kathy always had a doggie biscuit to hand to Lollie. And like the others that have shared memories here,we saw Gene as a very humble and loving man never having a bad word about anyone or anything. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
Jerry & kathy Hall

Bill & Linda Reisen

November 14, 2019

Gene was a welcomed vision on his daily walks in Rotonda West. Gene always had a smile and friendly greeting and we had the good fortune to share many conversations filled with kindness and joy. God Bless his service to our country and his love for his family. We will miss him dearly. Heartfelt sympathy to his lovely wife Kathy and family.

Betty Lacombe

November 13, 2019

Kathy and family,
Bill & I were very saddened to hear of Gene’s passing. We enjoyed his daily visits when we lived in Rotonda. He always had interesting conversations and of course a treat ( or two!) in his pocket for G.G. We were hoping to introduce him to our new golden doodle “Zeva”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bill & Betty LaCombe

Sachiyo Crist

November 12, 2019

Kathy we were so sorry to hear about Gene's passing
he was such a nice man and husband .may he rest in peace.
Sachiyo Crist of Brooksville Fl.

Rita Ellis

November 12, 2019

We always looked forward to seeing Gene on his daily walkabouts and being able to catch up with him. He was always just the sweetest and kindest person and always interesting to have a conversation with. Gene has been greatly missed in our neighborhood and will continue to be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the family.

Karen Manning

November 11, 2019

Cheryl and family, I am sorry for your loss. Cheryl has always spoke so lovingly of her family and your wonderful family life. Prayers, Karen Manning