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Stephen D. Eslinger

July 10, 1958 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 63)


CORVALLIS – Stephen D. Eslinger earned his wings November 18, 2021 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.  He was born July 10, 1958 in Ottumwa, IA and raised in Montana.

In 1976, Steve moved to Wisconsin where he met the love of his life, Wendy Griese, in 1977.  Together they moved to Anchorage, AK with their first born daughter.  While in Alaska they had their second daughter in 1981.  In 1984 they moved back to Montana and where their third daughter was born in 1989.  One year later, Steve joined the family business, Eslinger Drilling and Pump Service.

On his days off he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his grandchildren and his family.  Steve was a member of the NRA and the RMEF.  He also enjoyed participating in long range shooting competitions.

Steve was preceded in death by his father, Ralph; mother, Myrna; sisters, Valerie and Dani; brother, Chris; and his grandparents, Ralph and Valerie.  He is survived by his wife, Wendy; brothers, Ralph “Skip” (Berta), John (Dwana), Andy (Shellane), Dusty and David; his sisters, Shauna, Vicky and Connie; his daughters, Misty (Chet), Melissa (Joey) and Darlene (Bryant); his grandchildren, Kayla, Louis, Faith, Jada, Katie and Lena; his two great-grandchildren, Haven and Kane; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 1:00 until 5:00 pm at the Daly-Leach Chapel.  There will be a gathering for family and friends in the summer of 2022 and will be announced.  Condolences may be left for the family at  

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November 24, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
1010 W. Main St.
Hamilton, MT 59840

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