Thomas “Tom” William Esker passed away peacefully with his wife and family at his side on Friday, December 18, 2015 after battling Berylliosis. He was born January 24, 1941 to Lucille (Durnwald) and Walter Esker in Fremont, Ohio; where he was a lifetime resident. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1959 and attended the University of Detroit before working a short time at Brush Wellman. He began his career in computer science at Erie Army Depot. He worked for 35+ years for Ford Motor Company/ Autolite/ Allied Signal/ Bendix/ Honeywell where he retired in 1998 as Director of Information Technology.
Tom married Sharon (Sunderhaus) on April 24, 1962. In 2012 while celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Tom gave a speech on sharing a life with someone for 50 years and living a full life. He attributed it to his 3 F’s – Family, Faith and Forgiveness. Tom was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Tom was an avid OSU fan and Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan. He enjoyed golfing with his regular foursome at Sycamore Hills Golf Course for many years. He also loved fishing and boating on Lake Erie. He was a proud man and always led by example.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Sharon; their children Lori (Mike) Warner, Marysville, OH, Michael Esker, Fremont, OH, Stephen (Wendy) Esker, Etna, OH, Scott (Cindy) Esker, Pickerington, OH and Anthony (Tricia) Esker, Fremont, OH; seven grandchildren Erin (Andres Tijerina)Esker, Megan (Dr. Steven) Smith, Alexandra Warner, Paige Esker, Jacob Warner, Tanner Esker, Olivia Warner; 3 great-granddaughters Clarisa Orozco, Ayana Tijerina, Ava Tijerina; sister, Marilyn Dunn of Newark, OH; brothers, Walter J. (Christine) Esker of Colebrook, CT, Richard (Nancy) Esker of McDonough, GA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Deborah Esker and sister, Shirley Esker.
Visitation: Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH with a vigil at 6:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, December 23, 2015: 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St., Fremont, OH with Fr. Mike Zacharias officiating.
Memorials: Stein Hospice, Bishop Hoffman Catholic Schools or St. Joseph Church Air Conditioning Fund
Online condolences: www.whhfh.com