August 19, 1922 – April 30, 2014
Elvy William Eschberger went home to The Lord on Wednesday, April 30 at the age of 91. Elvy was born to William and Mary Eschberger in Coupland, Texas on August 19, 1922. One of six children including two brothers, Calvin and Jimmy, and three sisters Florence Kruse, Gladys Ging, and Evelyn Prinz. Elvy grew up on a farm outside of Coupland and graduated from the Coupland school where he was a member of the six-man football team.
In 1942, at the age of 20, Elvy was one of many men from Williamson County who enlisted in the United States Army. He was sent to train at Camp Adair in Oregon. He was discharged in 1943 after receiving an injury during training and was never deployed overseas during his military career.
Elvy returned to Taylor, Texas and went to work for JC Penney followed by Gellman's Department Store where he was store manager for over 30 years before retiring in 1985. Most everyone in Williamson County knew Elvy because they had purchased a pair of pants from him at some point in their life.
On October 17, 1943, Elvy married Mildred Anna Tham. The couple of 70 years lived happily in Taylor and had two daughters, Cynthia Gayle and Lori Dayle. Elvy loved to travel and took the family on many adventures including trips to Tennesse, Colorado, Canada, and to the Texas coast where Elvy loved to fish.
Elvy had a passion for serving others. He regularly gave of his time and energy in service on various City commissions and was a lifetime member of the Taylor Lion's Club where he set a record for over 60 years of perfect attendance. He was a dedicated and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. His other passions included gardening, fishing, and wood working. Elvy's contagious smile, sense of humor, and positive spirit will be missed.
Elvy is proceeded in death by his daughter Lori Eschberger who passed away on April 8, 2014, just 22 days prior to Elvy's passing. He is survived by his wife Mildred, daughter Cindy and husband Brunner Grau, four grandchildren, Tiffany Charles and her husband, Richie, Courtney Trujillo and her husband, Marc, Micah Grau and his wife, Mallory, and Priscilla Grau. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren including Chayse and Kacianna Boecker, Elijah and Norah Grau, and Jacob Ray Charles.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Condra Funeral Home and is open to the public. Funeral services will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Taylor at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 followed by burial at Taylor Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Taylor Lion's Club, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements under the direction of Condra Funeral Home, Taylor, TX.
- Visitation Saturday, May 3, 2014
- Funeral Service Sunday, May 4, 2014
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May 6, 2014
Loved Mr Elvy. He was such a sweet man and so kind. He will be missed. There aren't very many like him left. Hold tight to the sweet memories. Prayers for the family in this time of sadness.
Nancy Kreidel McAlexander
May 6, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss his hugs and laughter. He was special to our family.
Darlene (Chalupa) Konarik
May 5, 2014
I will cherish the memories forever. Mr. Eschberger gave me my 1st real job after high school as the bookkeeper at Gellman's. I have to say that he was a favorite boss. I loved his sense of humor & he had an excellant memory. Just a few months ago I saw him at the grocery store & he even remembered my husband & kids. He still had his special laugh & personality. We will never forget him!! sincerely, Darlene (Chalupa) Konarik & husband Daniel (Elvy called him "David" for fun!)
Jane Evans Magnus
May 5, 2014
He had a very good life and may God be with you in the time ahead.
May 4, 2014
Our sympathy and prayers are with the family of Elvy. Elvy was a very special person.
Dennis and LaVerne Richter
May 3, 2014
I remember Mr. Eschberger with having such a wonderful smile always for everyone and never went to Gellmans without him making you feel so comfortable in the store. I am very sorry for the familys loss.
May 2, 2014
Deepest condolences to classmate Cindy Eschberger Grau on behalf of the THS Class of '65 for the loss of her Dad. We all knew Elvy and bought many shirts and pants from him at Gellman's. His Lion's Club sponsored my 1959 Little League champion team. He was a true gentleman, model citizen, great parent, and a friend to all who knew him. We who knew him are better off for having crossed paths with him in our lives.
Burney Cain, Garland, TX; THS Class of '65 Comm Center
Pat (Herzer-Scruggs) Moseley
May 2, 2014
Such a special, kind and fun person....I remember going with my dad, Roy Herzer, to see "ELVY" at Gellmans..he wouldn't buy his clothes from anyone else..my dad thought the world of him...as did so many others...God is watching over your family during this sad time
Condra Funeral Home
May 2, 2014
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time