Estel Lee Eskins

February 05, 1933 ‒ August 15, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Estel Lee Eskins, age 86 of Marion, passed away at the Presidential Center in Marion.

Estel was born on February 5, 1933 in Fred, West Virginia, the son of George and Lona (Massey) Eskins.

On October 7, 1953, Estel was united in marriage to Reathel June Williams in Whitesville, WV.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on November 11, 1952 and proudly served his country for 8 years during the Korean War, he was honorably discharged on November 10, 1960 attaining the rank of Corporal.

The Eskins made their home in Marion, raising their daughter Kathy. Estel worked for the Eaton Corporation until his retirement in 1995.

Estel enjoyed being around people; he was outgoing, generous, joyful and loved to make people laugh. Anyone that Estel met was given a nickname that he found fitting. He had a little bit of a gambling streak in him and enjoyed selling off chances on just about anything he could find. Part of his daily routine was picking up $5 worth of $1 scratch off tickets in hopes of hitting it big. In his retirement, Estel began volunteering at Oakland and McKinley Elementary Schools. He loved being around the kids and the kids loved him too, fondly calling him grandpa. He was named Marion City Schools Volunteer of the Year. He also was a volunteer with the Salvation Army, serving dinner on Mondays and Thursdays. He and his wife, Reathel, were founding members and faithful worshipers at Genesis Church.

He is survived by his wife, Reathel J. Eskins; daughter, Kathy (Keith) Irey; grandchildren: Kristian Irey and Kaleb (Emilee) Irey; siblings: Delma Taupradist and Bernie Eskins; and uncle of: Patricia Jarboe and Debbie (Rusty) Kinder.

Estel is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Margaret Giles, Genevieve Eskins and Madalyn Eskins.

Visitation will be Monday, August 19, 2019 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL, 347 West Center St., Marion from 5PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Tuesday at the funeral home at  12Noon with Pastor Keith Irey officiating, friends may gather at the funeral home from 11AM until the time of service; burial will be in Marion Cemetery. Following the graveside service, everyone is welcome to Genesis Church for a time of lunch and continued celebration of Estel’s life.

If so desired, donations may be made to Genesis Church, 921 Woodrow Ave, Marion or the American Heart Association.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Eskins family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • I only have the fondest memories of your dad Kathy. He had a contagious smile and a great big heart. He will be missed. Please know that we are praying for you, your family and your mom. Hugs and Love you all💞

  • I cannot express how sorry I am to hear this. Your dad was “one of a kind” guy!! What a great loss to your family, friends & the community. I will always remember him with a hug & smile!! Sending hugs, love & prayers!! ❤️

  • I’ll always remember Estel for his friendliness, his sense of humor and how he always gave the children at Genesis a stick of gum, from his shirt pocket, on Sundays! Also I will never forget how he always called the girls “big boy” and the boys “big girl!” And how the little kids at church would say to him “I’m not a boy or I’m not a girl” respectively! He always would put a smile 😃 on their faces “playing this game!” Please accept our condolences at this time of need! Love to you Kathy and Reathel & all family members who are mourning the loss of such a remarkable man! Though I know it’s painful for us here on Earth to see Estel pass…Heaven is celebrating Estel for joining his Lord and Savior for eternity! Amen! ♥️

  • So sorry to hear about your Dad passing. He was such a sweet man who always like to kid around with people. He will be greatly missed. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

  • I worked with Estel many years at Eaton Corporation, was a great coworker and a really great forklift driver. Always a kind heart. Bought much candy from Estel, Ha! Good Man! Jesus is waiting.
    Craig Robinson

  • We are so sorry for your loss. We have lived across the street for over 35 years, and will sure miss seeing Estel working in his yard, throwing his hand up to say hello or meeting us in the street to just talk. Never seen anyone that worked in his yard as hard as he did. God bless you all , Rip 🙏 John And Robin Baker

  • May he rest in peace. I have many memories of him volunteering at McKinley elementary during our lunchtime. I remember calling him Grandpa and how kind he was to every child. He was a blessing to this community. My deepest condolences.

  • Everyone at Oakland and McKinley Elementary Schools loved “Grandpa.” I loved seeing him push kids on the swings, help young students open their lunches, and just be there for the students. What a wonderful man. I am blessed to have known Mr. Eskins. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Estel was a fine man and a great neighbor. Glad I got to see both he and Kathy at my brother’s funeral. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I wanna wish my condolences, Prayer’s and hugs,, I was once part of the family, Reathel and Estel was my favorite people, they done so much for me and my family, And I miss them, years have gone by. And I wish I had seen both of you, the kindness and the smiles, meant alot. He was a wonderful, kind Man.. Thoughts and Prayer’s to all of you.. Michele Hagerman..