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“So sad to hear John has passed. We are very late learning, but no less saddened. John was our first neighbor in Green Valley AZ where we both...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Lois and Ron Carpenter

“You had to love John Eshuis. When John was in the building there was always laughter and noise. I use to call him Phil because of a t.v. Character...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Dave Mayer - Kalamazoo, MI

“Very sad news to hear about John’s passing! He was such a nice man.... always enjoyed visiting with him. We had taught together at Richland...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Hoorn

“Such a kind soul , God Bless! ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Allen - Neighbor

“I was so saddened to hear of John's passing. He was such an example of positivity, style and kindness to all. John's presence alway put a smile on...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Beth Thoman - Richland, MI

“John was truly a gift to everyone that ever met him. He always had a smile and kind word. I always enjoyed his sense of humor when we worked together...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Pam Knight - Mattawan, MI

“After coming to Kalamazoo to work at Upjohn in 1960, I made my first trip to Gull Lake with my new roommate, Pat Zuris (later Eshuis), to visit her...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Fites - Friend

“Penny & Eric I'm so sorry to hear your dad has passed. It has been years since I was in Michigan and in the same place as John, yet he always...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Carol Castor Swanson - Friend

“John was just a joy to be around. Each summer out at the lake I would walk down and hang out at the dock with him and just chat. I am so glad I was...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Starks - Bloomington, IN

“So sorry to hear of John's passing, Condolences to Penny, Eric and family.My family has owned a cottage 2 doors away from John's for multiple...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Rob VanderKlipp - Westland, MI

“I am so sorry to hear this sad news. John was a super fellow! I taught with him at Richland Elementary. We often found each other while browsing...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Hill - Coworker

“I was so blessed to have John as a friend. Their will always be a special place in my heart for him. John was one of the most caring ,giving, ...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Sharron Ansell - Friend

“So sad to see this announcement about John. We were nextdoor neighbors at Gull Lake for 17 years. He was such a dear and caring man. He was always...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Diane Parker - St. Petersburg, FL

“I knew John from Gull Lake. He was a gentleman and I loved his talent of design. Always thought his house needed to be in a magazine. His son also...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Shirley Kruger - Friend

“So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a very sweet man and loved by many. He will be missed. I can remember volunteering at hearing...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Hanna - Friend

“I always enjoyed being in John's presence. He was kind, fun, and very gracious...a true gentleman. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Donna Willoughby - Portage, MI

“There was never a time in all the years we worked with John that he was not upbeat with a positive attitude. He had the ability to make you feel you...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Max and Jean Tittle - Coworker

“A wonderful man, and one of my favorite teachers. Thanks for all your help. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Jason Gilmer - Student

“I wanna say thank you for been my teacher and helping me as one of your students. You will be missed and always in my heart. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Jeffrey Leinaar - Student

“John was such a special person. EVERYONE loved John. He was honest and caring to all who knew him. On top of that he was a great teacher and loved...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Wendy & Ron French - Vicksburg, MI

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John Allan Eshuis, age 94, of Richland, MI passed away peacefully Sunday, the 31st of January, 2021. John was born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI and resided at his beloved Gull Lake for the past 63 years. He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in 1944 and received a business degree from Parsons Business College. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army where he made his lifelong friends. Later he attended Western Michigan University, where he was mentored by the renowned speech therapist, Charles Van Riper.

John graduated from WMU with a BA and focus on Speech Pathology. He taught for over 24 years in the Gull Lake Community School System as a Speech Therapist.

John is proceeded in death by his dear sister, Betty (Anthony-Hughes) and niece Patricia (Anthony). He is survived and loved by his two children, Penny and Eric (Gina), four grandchildren, Emily, Max, Lulu and Franny, his niece Susan (Anthony), nephew Will (Kathy Anthony) and grandnephew James.

John's greatest passions in life were family, friends, horses, and the Lake. He was always known for his excellent sense of style and penchant for interior design. He was adored by all who knew him and was always up for the next adventure.

There will be a celebration of his life at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, starting at 1:00 p.m. A private, family only interment will be at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. All Covid-19 protocols will be followed. Personal messages for the family may be placed at