Dustin Joseph Eskie

March 16, 1992August 25, 2013

Dustin Joseph Eskie of Leawood, KS, after a short journey on Earth passed on Sunday, August 25, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends after a 9 month courageous battle with pineal glioblastoma brain tumor. His great strength and determination was an inspiration to his family and friends. He came into this world on March 16, 1992, in Overland Park, KS, one day before his dad’s birthday. He grew up in Leawood, attended The Barstow School, and was in his 3rd year at Arizona State University. His bright spirit and loving personality touched many during his short life. Dustin was a creative writer, humorous, intuitive, and witty. He enjoyed reading, listening to music, playing guitar, and video games. Dustin definitely danced to the beat of his own drum. In a conversation with his parents at age 4, he was asked “Where are you from?” and he responded “From God.” And now we give him back to God as a special angel to watch over his family and friends. Mom and Dad were blessed and proud to have Dustin as our son. He will always be in our hearts. Dustin will be buried at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in a peaceful, wooded setting. A celebration of life service honoring Dustin will be held at Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS, at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Feel free to bring anything you would like to share or say about Dustin’s life to a reception in the narthex immediately following the service by Pastor Adam Hamilton. Dress casual. Dustin’s wishes were to have more research into this rare form of brain cancer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to KU Endowment Association, Neuroscience Research, in memory of Dustin J. Eskie, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS, 66044-0928. We will miss our son’s dry sense of humor, his challenging questions about everything in life, and his warm and honest heart. He leaves behind his parents, Dennis and Debra (Debi) Eskie, sisters Leah Eskie-Percival and Erin (Fred C.) Merrill, nieces Chyler and Chandi Percival and Evie Merrill, nephew Brayden Merrill, grandfathers Harlan “Nick” Reynolds, Jr. and Stephen Parker, great-grandmother, Katherine Zavitz-Reynolds-Dawson, aunt Linda and uncle Mike Boyd, aunt Darla Urbantas (Richard), uncle Dirk Reynolds (Laura), cousins Andy, Katie, and David Boyd, and Levi Reynolds, special lifetime friend Veronica Martinez, and his close friends. Keep a candle lit as we will all meet up to you later Dustin. Waiting for him in heaven are his grandmothers, Helen Irene Schwedes-Eskie-Glascock and Peggy Abbott-Reynolds-Parker and great-grandmothers, Alice Abbott and Jessie Schwedes. A heartfelt thank you from Debi, Dennis, Leah and Erin to our friends and family and to Dustin’s friends for their loving support, kindness, and prayers for Dustin during his 9-month illness. “There is no death Only a change of worlds” Chief Seattle


  • Celebration of Life Service Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Eleanor Luna

May 20, 2014

Dennis, Debi, Erin and Leah, I am your neice/cousin Eleanor. A family member forwarded this sad news. I feel so sorry for your loss, and know what it is like to lose a sibling, as we had a similar tragedy in our family. Though I never met him, family is family, and I am saddened by news of his passing. He will remain alive in your memories and forever in your hearts. Blessings to you all.

jocelyn russell

September 3, 2013

I will always remember the warm glowing face of a young boy that loved life and the arts. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time of deep loss. Love for Life, Jocelyn

Jeanne Lillig-Patterson

August 31, 2013

My memories are of a very young boy at Barstow, who played with my son, Will, even though they were not in the same grade. Debi i always admired you from afar and your caring for the American Indians. There are no words that can reflect the deepest pain and sorrow you are going through right now. But Chief Seattle is right, the next world is so very cool. Jeanne Patterson

David Block

August 31, 2013

We shall never forget and our prayers are with all your family. David and vicki block

Jim Mirabile

August 31, 2013

Leah, My prayers are with you and your family in this time of loss and may God give you all strength to know he is home with his Savior. I am saddened by your loss.

Maryann Juran

August 31, 2013

Dear Debi and Denny,
Linda has kept me abreast with what was happening with your beloved son. I was so sorry to hear I know how devastating it is to lose a loved one but a child I can't imagine. I have always felt that if remembered they are never really gone from our lives just waiting in a better place till we join them again. God bless you all.
Sincerely, Maryann and Herb ( Boust ) Juran

August 31, 2013

Dear Debi and Dennis,
We're deeply sorry to learn of the passing of your son, Dustin. He was a very handsome and happy young person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and remember the laughter that he brought the whole family.
Frank and Martha Fair

Diane Federman

August 31, 2013

Dear Debi and Dennis,
We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your son Dustin. We remember him as he accompanied you and the girls around the halls of Barstow. We hope that you find comfort in wonderful memories you created together. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Diane and Art Federman

August 30, 2013

Dennis, Debi, Erin & Leah--We are so sorry for the loss of your son/brother, Dustin. It is never easy losing someone so young.
We send you hope for God's comfort and know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Mary and Craig Buller

Bob Roberts

August 30, 2013

Dennis, Debi, and family. My heart breaks for your loss of Dustin. My thoughts are with you and yours.