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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Judge Eschbach Dies

Funeral Arrangements set: A memorial service for the Honorable Jesse E. Eschbach will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, October 31, 2005, at the Titus Funeral Home of Warsaw, Indiana. Reported by Indiana Parley at 5:42 PM Wednesday October 26, 2005.

Federal Judge Jesse Eschbach, who retired from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2000 died Tuesday. Judge Eschbach had been appointed by President Kennedy to the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in 1962. President Reagan appointed the Judge to the 7th Circuit in 1981.

Judge Eschbach died in Florida. He had a home in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In addition to his service on the bench, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Indiana University by Governor Roger Branigin. Judge Eschbach served from 1965 to 1970, when he was succeeded by another Warsaw attorney, John D. Widaman II*. As Trustee, Judge Eschbach served with Harriet Inskeep of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Inskeep is an owner of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

The Journal-Gazette was the first news outlet to report the news of Judge Eschbach's passing.

Judge Eschbach's father, Jesse Eschbach, was Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives in the 1917 and 1919 sessions.

View the tributes published on the occasion of his retirement in 2001.

A fascinating and detailed evaluation of Judge Eschbach as 7th Circuit Judge prepared by the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Terry Eastland wrote in the Weekly Standard on how Judge Eschbach learned of his 7th Circuit appointment directly from Ronald Reagan.

Biographical brief:
Eschbach, Jesse Ernest
Born 1920 in Warsaw, IN

Federal Judicial Service:
U. S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
Nominated by John F. Kennedy on March 12, 1962, to a seat vacated by Luther Merritt Swygert; Confirmed by the Senate on April 2, 1962, and received commission on April 13, 1962. Served as chief judge, 1974-1981. Service terminated on December 11, 1981, due to appointment to another judicial position.

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on October 20, 1981, to a seat vacated by Luther Swygert; Confirmed by the Senate on November 24, 1981, and received commission on December 1, 1981. Assumed senior status on November 4, 1985.

Indiana University, B.S., 1943

Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1949

Professional Career:
U.S. Navy Lieutenant, 1943-1946
Private practice, Warsaw, Indiana, 1949-1962
U.S. Office of Price Stabilization, Washington, DC, 1951
City attorney, Warsaw, Indiana, 1952-1953
Deputy prosecuting attorney, 54th Judicial Circuit, Indiana, 1953-1954
President, secretary, general counsel, Dalton Foundries, Inc., 1959-1962
President, Endicott Church Furniture, Inc., 1960-1962
(Information from the Federal Judicial Center)

*Indiana University Trustee John D. Widaman II and his wife, Marjorie, were killed in the explosion of a Cathay Airlines aircraft over Viet Nam in 1972. The Widamans had been flying on Indiana University business.

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