John Michael Eshleman

Posted: Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wasilla resident John Michael Eshleman, 52, died Aug. 1, 2010, in an airplane crash at Denali National Park.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Lake Airport in Wasilla.

Mr. Eshleman was born Sept. 20, 1957, at Elmendorf Air Force Base. He was a 1975 Service High School Graduate. He was the owner of Steppers Construction.

"He sponsored Colony High School basketball, and volunteered time and materials for many community service activities without desire for recognition. His special interests were aviation, classic car restoration and military history. "John, aka 'Esh' or 'The Head Stepper' was a proud father, a committed husband, and always loved life to the fullest in every venue," his family said.

Mr. Eshleman was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Alice Eshleman.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Barbara Doty; sons, Casey and Conner Eshleman; and daughters, Kristen and Jesse Eshleman, all of Wasilla; brother, Bob Eshleman of Sterling; and sister, Robin Eshleman of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Alaska Airman's Memorial, Wolf Lake, set up in the name of John Eshleman, at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.

Arrangements were made with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Wasilla.

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