Funeral services for Harry Eschberger, 83, of Paige, Texas are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings with Rev. Lee Eschberger officiating. Burial will follow in the Friendship Cemetery in Hills, Texas. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Harry Herman Eschberger was born January 1, 1935 in Bastrop County, Texas to Herman Jacob Eschberger and Lina Hedwig (Schmidt) Eschberger. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in the Paint Creek Community.
He was united in marriage to Gertrude Lillian Albrecht on September 22, 1956 in the Pastor’s Parsonage of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Fedor, Texas. This marriage was blessed with four daughters Suzanne, Debbie, Carolyn and Lisa.
Harry passed away the afternoon of Thursday September 6, 2018 at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin surrounded by family.
Upon the death of Harry’s dad, he farmed the homestead at the age of 15. He went to work for Elgin Butler Brick Company from 1956-1978. He then went to work for P&O Falco/Enron from 1978-1996. He retired in 1996 due to knee surgeries. Having truck driving in his blood he purchased a dump truck and hauled sand and gravel to many people making lots of friends in the process. You could find him on the farm working on his tractor (using it like a bulldozer) with his pet dog beside him.
Harry was very talented with barbecuing. He was chief in charge of making the best barbecue in the Paige area for many functions throughout his years. He has passed his skills on to family members to carry on his tradition.
Harry was a very loving and caring husband, dad and paw-paw. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help anyone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Carolyn Lewis; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Alfred Stiewert and Erna and Bruno Herms; his brother, Leroy Eschberger; parents-in-law, Ewald and Alma Albrecht and brothers-in-law, Charlie Kmoch, James Basward and James Mattiza.
Harry is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Gertrude Eschberger of Paige; three daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Barry Kessler of Giddings, Debbie and Kevin Schkade of Giddings and Lisa and Steve Wachsmann of Manheim; eight grandchildren, Jason Kessler and wife Stacy of Giddings, Justin Kessler and wife Stacey of Giddings, Jarrett Kessler of Giddings, Erin Wallace and husband Justin of Elgin, Ryan Schkade and wife Tatiana of Bastrop, Randall Lewis of Paige, Tyler Wachsmann of Manheim and Matthew Wachsmann of Manheim; five great grandchildren, Jacey Kessler of Giddings, Jayden Kessler of Giddings, Grayson Kessler of Giddings, Julia Wallace of Elgin and Jack Lewis of Brady; sisters-in-law, Bernice Basward of Paige and LaVerne Mattiza of Paige as well as numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
Serving as pallbearers will be Randall Lewis, Jason Kessler, Justin Kessler, Jarrett Kessler, Ryan Schkade and Tyler Wachsmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Erin Wallace and Matthew Wachsmann.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.