Kenneth L. Eskridge, known to most as Kenny and some as Woody, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 29, 1926 to Kenneth D. and Celestine Eskridge, nee Maddox. The oldest of 4 children, Kenneth attended East Technical High School and later joined the United States Army. After his service in the Army Kenneth met Ella Louise Green whom he married on September 30, 1961. He and Ella also had 4 children.
Also, after his military service he worked at the US Postal Service. In the late 1960s his good friend helped him to get a job at Reliance Electric Company where he worked as a welder, a journey man and a wireman until he retired in the late 1980s.
Ella preceded him in death on October 8, 1992. Shortly after he met and was reunited with Mildred Paige whom he had dated in High School. Kenneth and Mildred spent the next 20 years together until Mildred also preceded him in death in October of 2014.
During his life, Kenny enjoyed many hobbies including chess, photography, bowling, fishing, computers and golf. He volunteered for many years at Computers Assisting People, where he was recognized by Mayor Jane Campbell for his services, and at Highland Golf Course. He excelled at most things that he did believing that you should aspire to be the best you can be at anything you do.
Kenneth passed from this life on January 13, 2019 at University Hospital in Cleveland. He is preceded in death by his sister Margaret Peggy Echols, his brother Robert Eskridge. He leaves to mourn his sister Phyllis Eskridge, sister-in-law Lela Eskridge, sister-in-law Shirley Eskridge. His four children Kenneth D. Eskridge, Kevin L. Eskridge, Kim C. Eskridge, and Kelly R. Merritt, a son-in-law Bryan Merritt and 3 grandchildren Bryan, Brandy and Brittney Merritt. Ken also leaves to mourn a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Anointed Gates Church, 800 East 152nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110. Burial will follow immediately at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106.