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Lavern E. Eschen


Lavern E. Eschen, 86, of Marshalltown, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in the Iowa Veterans Home. Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, where a visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until service time. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors.
Survivors include his children, Douglas (Lori) Eschen of Independence, Iowa, Dennis (Carol) Eschen of Basin, Wyo., David Eschen of Wenatchee, Wash., Diana Eschen of Spokane, Wash., Donna (Shane) Pruett of Kennewick, Wash., and Brian (DeDe) Eschen of Marion, Iowa; and his siblings, Junior (Otto) Eschen of Independence and Darlas Reilly of Humboldt, Iowa. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lee and Lewis; sisters-in-law, Ina, Joann and Shirley; and one grandchild.
Lavern was born May 24, 1932, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Otto and Elsie (Sanky) Eschen. Lavern served during the Korean War and was a member of the Teamsters Union and the Million Miles Club. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan but his real passion was driving trucks, which he did for more than 50 years. He drove trucks for Corn Blossom/Iowa Ham Canning, KRX, Munson, Heartland and Grey Transportation.
Please leave a message for the family on our website, www.cedarmemorial.com, under obituaries. Memorials may be directed to the Freedom Foundation.