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Wayne Lee EscherichOctober 7, 2006
Wayne Lee Escherich was born on December 7, 1941, to Reuben and Anna (Arnevik) Escherich. He passed away on Saturday, October 7th, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital in Siloam Springs, AR
Wayne graduated from Lake Mills high-school and continued to live in Scarville, Iowa with his family until 1985. He owned and operated the Scarville grocery store and a small snowmobile dealership. He then farmed for several years before driving truck full-time in 1984. He eventually moved to Arkansas and became owner and operator of a trucking company called Anderson Produce. Wayne was committed to this business, its customers, drivers and employees.
A happy day in Wayne's life was February, 14, 2004 when he married Peggy Ruth Davis. He was a truly wonderful husband and friend to Peggy, and together they shared a lot of love and laughs. Wayne enjoyed his time with Peggy, family and friends more than anything.
Wayne was amazing to watch with children. The interest he showed in them was genuine and they made fast friends with him. It was never too hot for him to play outside (cowboy boots and all) nor too hard on the floor to play along and talk with them about toys.
Though Wayne was known for how hard he worked and the little time he took for himself, he pursued some fun hobbies, too. While living in Scarville, he raced snowmobiles and participated in tractor pulls. He admired hot-rods cars and enjoyed watching auto racing. Dale Ernhardt, Sr, was his NASCAR favorite. Rock-n-roll music from the 50's and 60's was the music he liked. He enjoyed walking several miles each day, working in his yard and most of all, talking with his neighbors who he liked so much.
Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Peggy Escherich; his children: Randy Escherich and wife, Renee, of Kiester, MN, Brian Escherich and wife, Lisa, of Ankeny, IA; his stepchildren: Mark Mangus, and wife, Michelle, of Rock Springs, WY, David Mangus and wife, Shannon, of Mullen, TX, and Jason Mangus, Fort Hood, TX; the grandchildren he cherished: Johnathan, Jacob, Chris, Beth Ann, Andrea, Megan, Samuel, Anna, Tianna, Brayden, Dustin, Sidney and John Carl; his siblings: Susan Helmich and husband Kyle, Diane Sorenson, and husband, Jim, Reuben Escherich, Jr. and wife, Linda, Donald Escherich and wife, Barb, and Lyle Escherich, and wife, Debbie.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Bradley, and brother Robert Escherich.
Funeral services for Mr. Escherich will be held at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Chapel in Siloam Springs, AR on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006 at 10:00 am. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006 from 2pm - 8pm. Burial will be held at Rocky Creek Cemetery near Brownwood, TX on Friday, Oct. 13, 2006 at 2:pm. Local arrangements were made under the direction of Backstrom - Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, AR.