Lyle James (Jim) Eshleman

Thursday, June 20, 2019
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Lyle James (Jim) Eshleman 58, of Hardin, Montana passed away suddenly on June 16, 2019. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany on October 3, 1960 to father William and mother Clara Eshleman.

He graduated from Hardin High School in 1979 and was eager to celebrate his 40th high school reunion this summer. After graduation Jim attended Montana State University in Bozeman where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in photography.

After completing his education he moved back to Billings, Montana and worked for Kasper Photo. He later moved back home to Hardin where he took over Hardin Photo.

In July 2006, he started working for Big Horn County News as a photographer and journalist and later became publisher. A position he held until his death.

As a youth Jim was active in 4-H and Boy Scouts, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. In high school he was a member of the De-Molay Boys, a youth service and leadership group. He also attended Boy’s State.

Jim was an award-winning photographer and writer. His greatest passion was photography. He was baptized and later confirmed in Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church, where he was still a member at the time of his passing.

He was an active member of his community and served as the Chairman of the City-County planning board

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Emerson and Ella Eshleman and Alex and Marie Uffelman.

Survivors include his parents; siblings, Lorrie (Jerry) Siebrecht and Paul (Danielle) Eshleman; nieces Kristina (Jeremy) Jensen and their son Keegan and Katie Siebrecht; nephews Jarrad Eshleman and William Paul Eshleman; and his faithful dog, Reno.

Jim looked up to his Pastor, Able Baker, and considered him a good friend.

Church Services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church in Hardin. Burial will follow.

Memorials in his memory can be made to the Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church.