Robert W. Esbenshade

Nov 30 1927
Apr 12 2017
89 Years
Cochranville, Pennsylvania

Robert W. Esbenshade, 89, of Cochranville, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Lancaster General Hospital. He was the widower of the late June Evans Esbenshade who died in 2013. They shared 55 years of marriage.  Born in West Grove, he was the son of the late David Walter and Helen Spencer Esbenshade.  

Bob was a Cochranville resident all his life. He was owner and operator of Esbenshade's Farm Market. Also, for many years, he ran a wholesale and retail egg and produce route throughout southern Chester County and later in life, he was employed by Dutchway Farm Market.  He was a member of the Manor PCA Church where he served as an Elder, Sunday School teacher and missions board member. He also served as treasurer on the Youth for Christ Board and he volunteered with Gideons International. 

He is survived by three children; Nancy E. Thompson, and husband Steven,  David Robert Esbenshade and wife Kim (Cummings) and Stephen Evans Esbenshade and wife Jamie (Ankney), nine grandchildren, Andrew, William, Jonathan, Brandon, Jennifer, Jacob, Sarah, Nicole and Caleb and two great grandchildren; Oliver and Li-eun. He was preceded in death by two twin sisters Joane and Jeane.  

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11 AM at the Manor Presbyterian Church, 505 Street Rd, Cochranville, PA 19330 followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.  

The viewing will be held on Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 PM at the Church and again on Wednesday morning from 10 until 11 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214

Arrangements by the Wilde Funeral Home, Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at 

Service Date: 
Apr 19 2017 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Manor Presbyterian Church


Nancy, Steve, David, jamie:


We are sorry for your lost.  Many fond memories of your Dad and Mom, he will be greatly missed.  A great teacher and Elder.  


Mike and Cindy Urbanik

Back to top

We wanted to share our condolences with the Esbenshade family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3,4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

Back to top

My prayers and condolences are with you all at this time. I know you rejoice to know our brother is free of pain and is with his Lord in glory. We know we will see him again. 

Back to top