David Eskridge, 40, of Rochester, passed away at 12:37 PM on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at his residence.
On January 29, 1980, David Allen Eskridge was born in Rochester. He was a treasured son of Keith A. Eskridge and Tammy S. Barnhart. Growing up in Rochester he shared his childhood with a sister Jennifer. David played baseball on both the Little League and Babe Ruth League. He was known as a hard throwing right handed pitcher. He also was a flashy shortstop gliding between 2nd and 3rd base turning out many defensive aces and was on the front end of many double plays. David was a member of the class of 1998.
As an athlete, David loved bowling in men's league at Country Lanes. A member of the USBC, he once rolled a perfect 300 game. David was known for the "big hook," he threw with great finesse. Many memories were made on the 3-generation men's fishing trips with grandpa and his dad. Armed with his open-faced casting rod David looked forward to catching the limit of bluegill, his most sought after fish. He was a member of Duck's Unlimited.
With amazing accuracy, David loved to challenge his friends and family to games of disc golf. He especially loved games with his Mark Alan. As an American sportsman he loved mushroom hunting and hammock tent camping in Michigan. David and his Dad made many memories hunting deer and ducks. David had fond memories of heading to the Windy City and to watch the Cubbies with Uncle Mark. He adored his nephews and niece: Brayden, Mason and Reagan and enjoyed playtime adventures.
David was "the King," of Pyrotechnics. As a passionate perfectionist he would create displays of fireworks second to none. He was in charge of the annual family 4th of July show and customized many special celebrations, using his talents, garnering many oooohs and aaaaas. David was a huge Notre Dame fan and lived his life by the motto: "Play Like a Champion Today."
Left to cherish David's memory are parents, Tammy and David Roe of Akron, Keith and Misty Eskridge of Rochester; siblings, Jennifer Oliver and companion Jay Schlosser of Rochester, Larry Green and wife Jessica of Rochester, Dusten Roe and wife Claudia of Ft. Wayne, Jaime Long and husband Brian of Rochester, Deanna Roe and companion Josh of Talma, Kasee Brady and husband Jared of Mentone, a love in his life, Jennifer Dople and son Mark Alan of Mount Vernon; maternal grandmother, Bonnie Barnhart of Rochester, paternal grandmothers, Barb Enyart of Rochester, Diane Eskridge of Plymouth; and his treasured feline Nala the Calico tiger cat.
Preceding David in death are his grandfathers, Harry Eskridge, Richard Barnhart, Emerson Enyart, 2 Aunts Vicky Barnhart and Mindy Nickel, Uncle Mike Eskridge and Alf his beloved feline.
Due to restrictions on gathering, David's family held a private service/viewing and will announce a date and time of a celebration of his life with friends and extended family. Thank you for your prayers and understanding. The Good Family Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Fulton County Animal Shelter, 1540 Wentzel St., Rochester, IN 46975. Watch for updates for the service and written expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com