Eston Bachelder

December 13, 1928 ‒ April 12, 2008

Cardington, Ohio

Eston Bachelder, age 79, of Cardington, died late Saturday evening, April 12, 2008, at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus following a brief illness.

On December 13, 1928, he was born in Morrow County near Denmark, the son of the late Theron G. and Roba M. (Fagley) Bachelder. Eston graduated from the Chesterville High School Class of 1946.

While attending high school, Eston found his high school sweetheart, a young lady by the name of Mildred Bishop, whom he passed many love notes to during class. They married on April 3, 1949, and shared over 53 magical years until she preceded him in death on August 6, 2002. When the two of them were together you could hear their laughter from a good distance away, and they were an inseparable pair. Their love created countless priceless memories for their family. Together they enjoyed their beloved Ohio State Buckeyes and traveling. Eston never knew a stranger and many of their trips were to be with friends; one as far as the Netherlands after Eston years before had stopped and picked him up along the road after his car had broken down.

After having worked for over eight years on the farm, Eston was surprised to be drafted into the U.S. Army when he was 26 years old. A Veteran during the Korean Conflict, he served as a mechanic and was stationed in California.

With farming in his blood and having been raised on a farm, you never could take the farm from Eston. For over 50 years, he cared for dairy cows and planted corn, wheat, and beans. Always hard at work, he loved everything about farming no matter the circumstances. Even though he needed assistance to get onto the machinery, he was still looking forward to using the equipment to help his son, Roger this coming spring. Though he would never stop working, to Eston he thought he was retired when he stopped taking care of the dairy cows in 1999.

After losing his hand in a corn picker in 1961, Eston persevered by learning and inventing new ways to take care of his farm chores. His family can tell stories for hours about Eston’s ingenuity with modifying equipment to maximize his efforts. In 1964, he was even awarded the Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year, by the RFO. Following a lifetime of achievements his family farm was recently honored to have a cover story written in the American Farmer Magazine in January of this year.

On the side, Eston enjoyed being a corn seed dealer and he worked for Hulting Hybrids, Gold Tag, and Agripro. With his expertise, he earned the title of Master Dealer.

Eston was elected as a township trustee of Chester Township for twelve years and was caretaker of Maple Grove Cemetery. He was a member of the Federal Land Bank Advisory Board, the Soil Conservation Committee, and the Consolidated Electric Cooperative of Morrow County.

Eston was an active member of the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church, where his wife played the organ for over forty seven years. On work projects at the church, he often made people marvel about how efficiently he could start and drive a nail despite only have one hand.

Both Eston and Mildred were members of the Order of the Eastern Star, Evelyn Chapter # 146, and had the privilege of being the Worthy Grand Patron for the State of Ohio in 1993. For over fifty years, he was a member of the F. & A.M. Chester Lodge # 238, where he was a Master Mason.

With a love of collecting baseball caps, Eston was known to “pay $30,000 for a new baseball cap, so they would throw in a free tractor.”

A faithful member of the Wendy’s Liars Club, Eston never missed their eating get togethers for concern of what they might say about him.

Among his countless talents, Eston had a way of making maple syrup taste unlike any his family and friends had ever tasted.

Famous for many “isms,” he had a different saying for every occasion, most of which brought everything to light.

Making friends everywhere he went, Eston had a warm and jovial spirit that would make everyone laugh. He will forever be remembered for his sincere huge smile.

He will be dearly missed by his two sons: Dr. Brian (Debra) Bachelder of Mount Gilead, and Roger (Licia) Bachelder of Chesterville; a daughter, Deborah (Jack) D’Aurora of Upper Arlington; a foster son, Jack (Jane) Edgell of Cardington; five grandchildren: Jennifer, Nicholas, and Megan Bachelder, Teri Thompson, and Christopher Crothers; a great grandson, Gabriel Wright; and a sister, Loretta “Mae” Dunn of Mansfield, Ohio.

In addition to his wife and parents, Eston was preceded in death by his two brothers: Leland and Vernon Bachelder, and two sisters: Retha Benson and Lena Lewis.

His family will greet friends on Tuesday from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where Masonic services will follow at 7:15 p.m. Services celebrating his life will be held on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Jeannie Winters officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in the cemetery in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony Chapel United Methodist Church.

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