Terry Lee Eslick, 66, of Scranton, Iowa, passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, surrounded by his loving family.
A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Scranton Community Center in Scranton. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton assisted the family with arrangements.
Terry was born on Oct. 18, 1956, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and was a son of Donald and Donace Eslick. He grew up in Scranton. After high school, Terry worked with his father as a mechanic. He later worked at Scranton Manufacturing for many years. Terry worked most recently at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Carroll, Iowa. Terry retired from O’Reilly Auto Parts in September 2021. In his younger years he was a member of the Scranton Fire Department. Terry had his own business that he ran for many years doing oil changes and working on vehicles for customers. He loved going to his shop and sitting up there doing word searches, that is how he liked to start his days.
Terry married Joan Ortner on Oct. 9,1981, in Auburn. The couple made their home in Scranton.
Terry and Joan have two children, Mark and Rebecca. His kids were his life. He loved getting together as a family, and always loved going to family events and never missed one. Terry enjoyed watching NASCAR and going to races. He loved driving. Race cars, his motorcycle, and his truck were another home, and he loved having passengers to talk with on the ride. If Terry didn’t know you when he entered the room, he did by the time you were leaving, he loved to talk to anyone.
Terry is survived by his wife: Joan Eslick, of Scranton; two children: Mark Eslick (Drea Piper) of West Des Moines and Rebecca (Jeffrey) Jackson of Auburn; two sisters: Rachel (Glenn) Davis of Crestview, Florida, and Doreen Harrison of Prospect Park, New Jersey; two brothers Vic Eslick of Gowrie and Dan (Karen) Eslick of Parkersburg; and many other extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Donald and Donace Eslick; and two brothers Rick and Mic.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be left with the family.