Thomas Eugene Eschbacher

Thomas Eugene Eschbacher, 51, of Parkersburg, died July 18, 2014, following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was born July 24, 1962, in Marietta, Ohio, the son of Robert L. Eschbacher and the late Sandra Pierson Eschbacher.

Tom was a 1980 graduate of Parkersburg High School, where he was the drum major for the PHS Marching Band for two years, and was also in the Chamber and A Cappella Choirs. He then graduated from West Virginia University in 1984 with a Bachelor in Music, and then received his Master’s degree in School Administration in 1988. He also was a member of the West Virginia University Marching Band and various choral and music groups.

Tom began his educational career at Washington Junior High School as the band director. Next, he became the band director of Parkersburg South High School bands from 1991-1996. Then, he began his administration career. He was currently serving as Principal for Parkersburg South High School for the last 13 years, receiving West Virginia Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in 2009.

He was a member of the Parkersburg Rotary Club, was President of WVSSAC, President of the Retired Teachers Association and was a member of the Smoot House Band.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Amy Elizabeth Eschbacher, and son, Robert James Eschbacher (Jon), whom Tom was their hero. Also surviving are two sisters, Tamera Lynn West (Dave) and Teresa Ann Harris; nieces, Jaycee Rae Harris (Jeremy) and Ashley Nicole West; nephews, Michael David West and Jason Kevin West; father-in-law, Larry Wheatley; and several special aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Sandra D. Wheatley; and sister-in-law, Ann Wheatley.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

A public Memorial Service will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Parkersburg South High School Auditorium, with a reception for family and friends to follow at the high school.

Tom fervently requested that no flowers be sent to the service. If you wish to honor him, please make a donation in his name to the Erickson All Sports Facility. Envelopes will be provided at the public service.

Tom was adamant that the care he received locally from Dr. Kelli Cawley and Dr. Abdi Ghodsi was as good as any care in the world. The family would like to thank them from the depth of their hearts.

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