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Gary Eskam

Gary Lee Eskam

Sunday, April 21st, 1946 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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Gary Lee Eskam, age 74, passed away peacefully in his home on February 13, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, February 18th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff with interment immediately following at Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps. In respect for the family, masks are highly encouraged at the service. The service will also be livestreamed on the Calvary Lutheran Facebook page: and on Bridgman Funeral Home Facebook page. A public viewing will be held from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 17th at Bridgman Funeral Home. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church and Potter’s Wheel Ministries. Online condolences may be made by viewing Gary’s memorial page at
Gary was born on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946 in Bridgeport, Nebraska to Theodore and Ruth Eskam. His family moved to Scottsbluff at an early age. Gary grew up one of seven children and attended Scottsbluff Public Schools. He joined the Marine Corps in 1967 and served in South Vietnam from 1968-1969. He was honorably discharged in February 1970. On August 27, 1967 he married the love of his life Pamela A. Eckhardt. From this marriage they had two children Corey and Kristi (Baker).
They returned home after his service and he went to work for American Optical. He went on to become a Board-Certified Optician with the American Board of Opticianry. Gary worked for Wiley Optical and eventually became a part owner. He joined Scottsbluff Vision Clinic where he worked for more than 30 years until his retirement in September of 2019 due to ongoing complications from pulmonary fibrosis and heart conditions. His warm smile and thorough understanding of his field brought many patients in just so he could adjust their glasses and help them. He seemed to know everyone you ran into on the street and always was glad to see a friend and share a conversation or to relay a story about his grandchildren.
In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman and spent time traveling with Pam on many adventures. He loved to laugh and share a story with his family and friends, meeting for Bible study, and attending his grandchildren’s activities.
He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Pam, his son Corey (Paula) of Laramie, Wyoming, daughter Kristi (Jack) Baker of Scottsbluff, grandchildren Grace, Luke and Noah Baker, step-grandchildren Nick and Ryan Needles, sister Lavone Loseke of Scottsbluff, brothers Don (Bev) Eskam of Yuma, Arizona, Stan (Diane) Eskam of Gering, Bob (Connie) Eskam of Thornton, Colorado, brother-in-law Jerry (Jackie) Schmidt of Mitchell, and many nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Ted and Ruth Eskam, and his brothers and sisters-in-law Norm and Erlene Eskam, Darrell and Bobbe Eskam, brother-in-law Robert Sterkel, and sister-in-law Marlene Schmidt.
He is redeemed, forgiven, and under the Grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 2:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bridgman Funeral Home
    2104 Broadway
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 10:00am
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    17 E 27th
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    Pastor Sheryl Kester-Beyer
  • Interment

    Fairview Cemetery
    4109 5th Avenue
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Tom carson

Posted at 06:52pm
I loved fishing with him at Glendo Wyoming He loved to fish and I enjoyed the times we were together I will miss him.

Shelli Dredla

Posted at 08:26pm
We will always remember Gary with a smile on our faces because he always had one on his every time we bumped into him! What a wonderful man, soul, and friend. We very much enjoyed getting to know Gary and Pam over the years through the Baker family (Kristi and Jack) and through Corey. He will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.


TJ, Shelli, and Tommy Dredla


I will always remember Gary and I traveling to Casper on a cold January day 15 years ago to meet Corey on Grey Reef to fly fish. Such a great trip even though it was super cold! Gary drove and we talked the entire way there and back. We caught fish and had a blast. Fish on! TJ


Sandy Votruba

Posted at 09:00am
I worked With Gary for over 6 years and will forever remember his smile and upbeat personality that was such a pleasure to witness. My heart and my prayers go out to Pam, his kids and many family and friends. Rest in wonderful peace Gary.

Dorothy Brown

Posted at 01:46pm
Pam, Corey & Kristi:
So sorry to read about Gary's passing away. May you find comfort in the days ahead as you lean on the Heavenly Father for strength. We have many found memories of years gone bye.
A big hug across the miles!
Randy & Dorothy, Jeff, Becky

Robert Glandt

Posted at 11:29am
So saddened to read of Gary's passing. He was a genuine real person, always friendly , outgoing and definitely fun-loving. May you find peace in knowing that he made the world a better place.

Bob & Christy Glandt

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