Robert “Bob” William Eshelman passed away on March 15, 2017 at his home in Ocala, FL. Born 1925 in Rochester, NY to parents Robert Foster and Mamina, brother to Raymond and Richard.
Bob was proud of his service as a Navy Seabee during WW2, aiding the landing forces on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Returning home after the war he married Phyllis Morrison. Attending the University of Michigan, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Together he and Phyllis raised two fine sons, Scott and Kurt, of whom Bob was immensely proud. They enjoyed many happy years actively involved in the community, spending 30 years as members of the Barton Boat Club, with Bob enthusiastically racing sailboats.
After retiring as an engineering manager from his career in automotive manufacturing at King Seeley/Chrysler, Bob launched and managed as president, the MI division of an OEM automotive supplier. After Phyllis’ death in 1989, he turned to volunteering at the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum designing and building science exhibits.
Bob relocated to Naples, FL with his wife Dorothy Nobilette where he pursued tennis, community activities and his love of creating and building. His next project involved the development and building of the Imaginarium Hands on Museum in Ft. Meyers, as well as taking science into the classroom. Moving to the Stone Creek community in Ocala, FL, he enjoyed tennis and pickleball, as well as the pleasure of new friends.
Bob’s inquiring curious mind and giving spirit will be missed by his wife Dorothy, sons Scott and wife Lynn, Kurt and wife Cinda, grandchildren Norah, Andrew, Lee and Kaye and great grandchildren Ellis and Django, and his may friends. He was known and loved as “Grandpa Bob” by all of Dorothy’s family.
Contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the VFW Veteran’s Village for retirement living in Ft. McCoy or the Stone Creek Veterans Asso. SW 89th Ct. Rd., Ocala, FL 34481, for that purpose. Online condolences may be sent to www.baldwincremation.com.