Lyle James (Jim) Eshleman 58, of Hardin, Montana passed away suddenly on June 16, 2019. He was born in Nuremberg, Germany on October 3,1960 to William and Clara (Uffelman) Eshleman.He graduated from Hardin High School in 1979 and was eager to celebrate his 40th high school reunion this summer. After graduation Jim attended Montana State University in Bozeman where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in photography. After completing his education, he moved back to Billings and worked for Kasper Photo. He later moved back home to Hardin where he took over Hardin Photo. In July 2006, he started working for Big Horn County News as a photographer and journalist and later became publisher. A position he held until his death.As a youth Jim was active in 4-H and Boy Scouts, eventually becoming an Eagle Scout. In high school he was a member of the DeMolay Boys, a youth service and leadership group. He also attended Montana Boys State.Jim was an award-winning photographer and writer. His greatest passion was photography. He was baptized and later confirmed in Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church, where he was still a member at the time of his passing. He was an active member of his community and served as the chairman of the City-County planning board.Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Emerson and Ella Eshleman and Alex and Marie Uffelman.Survivors include his parents; siblings, Lorrie (Jerry) Siebrecht and Paul (Danielle) Eshleman; nieces Kristina (Jeremy) Jensen and their son Keegan and Katie Siebrecht; his nephews Jarrad Eshleman and William Paul Eshleman and his faithful dog, Reno. Jim looked up to his Pastor Able Baker and considered him a good friend.Funeral service will be held Thursday June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church in Hardin. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. A reception will follow the burial at the E&R Church. Memorial in Jim’s name may be made to the E&R Church.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.Memorials in his memory can be made to the Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.