Melvin Esch, 62, Signature worker, the “candy man”

By on June 6, 2012

Melvin G. "Sonny" Esch, 62, of Ephrata, went to be with our Lord Thursday, May 24, 2012.

He was born in East Petersburg to the late Mahlon and Violet (Miles) Esch, and was the husband of Lois (Nolt) Esch, with whom he would have celebrated 38 years of marriage on June 1.

Sonny affected everyone he came in contact with in a positive way. He was a member of Harvest Fellowship Church, Stevens, where he served as an elder for over 25 years and was known as the "candy man" to the children of the church. Sonny was known as "Papa" to his grandchildren, and they were most important to him. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, loved riding motorcycle and giving rides to his grandchildren. Sonny previously worked on the dealer support team for Signature Custom Cabinetry, Ephrata, and delivered flowers for Royer’s of Ephrata. He was formerly employed with Krown Kitchens, Kountry Krafts and Jemson Cabinetry. For the past four and a half years, he fought a courageous battle with leukemia. We praise God for healing and remission. The family would like to thank his bone marrow donor, Oliver Zombic of Germany.

In addition to his wife, Sonny is survived by three children, daughters: Angela, wife of Troy Freeman, of Denver; and Kimberly, wife of Ken Thorp, of Denver; and son: Michael, husband of Torri Esch, of Denver; 12 grandchildren: Ashley, Austin, Camren and Kylie Freeman; Chad, Cade and Kailey Thorp; and Edward, Brianna, Riggin, Dakota and Jayden Esch; and seven siblings: Shirley Jones, of New Holland; Clara, wife of Pastor Eugene Weaver, of Stevens; Marlene, wife of Richard Martin, of Lebanon; Linda, wife of Larry Gwinn, of Florida; Robert, husband of Rose Esch, of Denver; Jane, wife of Earl Martin, of Manheim; and Rita, wife of Jeffrey Long, of Annville.

His funeral service was held on June 1 at the Harvest Fellowship Church, Stevens, with Pastor Eugene Weaver officiating. Interment followed in the Fairview Cemetery, Annex.

The family would like to thank God for blessing them with this gentle, loving, compassionate, wise, godly man.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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