A Life Well Lived
Jim began his 90th year of life on September 6th , 2017. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on January 29th , 2018 at Doylestown Hospital after a brief illness complicated by a stroke experienced in early November.
He will be greatly missed by his college sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Lucille Trimble Eschbach, daughter Kimberly Eschbach, grandchildren Alison and Cameron Crawford and many close friends. He was predeceased by his son, Scott Bowers Eschbach (1987).
Jim grew up in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown High School in 1946. He earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville State University in 1952 and an M.S. in Education from Temple University in 1959.
He attended Naval Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in December 1952. Jim served aboard the USS Kula Gulf for two years as Combat Information Center Watch Officer and All Weather Air Controller and then served for two years at the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School where he taught U.S. History. Jim remained in the Naval Reserves until he retired as a Lieutenant, USNR in 1961.
Continuing his passion as an educator, Jim began his public career in the Abington School District teaching at Overlook Elementary and Glenside-Weldon schools. He joined the Centennial School District in 1961 and served as an Elementary School Principal for twenty-eight years, first at Johnsville Elementary and ending his career at Joseph Hart Elementary.
Jim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Warminster since 1957, a member of the Radiant Star Lodge #806, Free and Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite Masons Valley of Allentown and Southampton Square Club.
Jim and Lucille lived in Southampton for forty-three years before moving to Ann’s Choice in 2004. He enjoyed golf, reading, photography and he embraced new technology as an avid computer and smart phone user.
His life will be celebrated on February 10th , 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church of Warminster, 500 Madison Avenue,Warminster, PA 18974. The family will receive guests beginning at 9:30 am followed by the service at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.
A special thanks to the staff at Doylestown Hospital for their caring and compassionate care.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Lehigh Valley Health Network (http://give.lvhn.org/) or First Presbyterian Church of Warminster ( https://www.warmpres.org/)
Arrangements By Decker Funeral Home, Warmisnter