Stephen Charles Eschleman of Huntington

Stephen Charles Eschleman, 55, of Huntington WV, died Wednesday June 5, 2013. at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. He was the son of Joe and Jane Eschleman. He was born in Charleston, WV on July 12, 1957, where he lived until age 11. His family moved to Huntington WV in 1968 where Steve graduated from Saint Joseph Central High School and Marshall University in Huntington WV. During his twenties, Steve lived for a time in both Louisiana and Florida. Steve was a very creative musician, photographer and writer who worked as a Photo Journalist for WSAZ TV in Huntington WV until December 2012. Steve loved writing, playing and singing music and “jamming” with friends, and over the years he played and sang in several bands. Always delighting in the simpler things of life – sharing happy times with family and friends, creating and playing music, tending to his garden, and watching Marshall University sports, Steve taught us about the importance of enjoying life by encouraging us to “Live in the moment. There’s no place else to be.” Steve was a free spirit whose love of life spilled over into the many lives he touched with his tenderness, warm smile, and his contagious laugh. He loved deeply and unconditionally and he is sadly missed by all who were blessed to know him. In addition to his parents, he is survived by 3 brothers and 2 sisters; Tom Eschleman; Joe (Pam) Eschleman; Nanci Eschleman Marshall; Michael Eschleman, and Mary (Michael) Beaty. Steve is also survived by 10 nieces and nephews and 1 grandniece and 1 grandnephew, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins who delighted in him. He will be forever missed by the love of his life, Kristine (Krissy) Benyamin. A Celebration of Life will be conducted on Thursday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m., at Beard Mortuary, 3001 Third Ave, Huntington, WV 25702. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and the Recitation of the Rosary will be led by Father Jim Sobus at 3:00 p.m. all at Beard Mortuary. A Mass will be conducted by Father Jim Sobus at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Huntington WV on Friday June 14th, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the “Steve Eschleman Memorial Music Fund” has been established at Our Lady of Fatima Grade School, to purchase musical instruments for students who could not otherwise afford them. Tax deductible contributions can be made to Our Lady of Fatima Grade School. Please write in the memo line “Steve Eschleman Memorial Music Fund” and mail to Our Lady of Fatima Grade School, 545 Norway Ave., Huntington, WV 25705. Online condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.beardmortuary.com