A Tribute to Lee Eshleman

The EMU community grieves the untimely death of Lee Eshleman, a 1986 EMU graduate, on May 17.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Reagan, children, parents, extended family, and the many friends impacted by this tragic loss.

Lee, along with Ted Swartz, a 1989 EMU graduate, helped thousands of people see the biblical stories in a new light through his work with the comedy duo Ted & Lee.

We all enjoyed much laughter together; now we surround Lee’s family, and their closest friends with our tears and shared grief.

— President Loren Swartzendruber

Service Details

Visitation will be Sunday, May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lindsey Funeral Home, 473 South Main St., Harrisonburg.

The memorial service will be Monday, May 21, at 2 p.m. in EMU’s Lehman Auditorium. All are invited to a reception at the EMU dining hall immediately following the memorial service to celebrate Lee’s life and work .

Private burial will precede the memorial service.


Memorial contributions in Lee’s honor can be made to Our Community Place, a Harrisonburg community center where Lee and the children recently planted vegetables. Make checks payable to Our Community Place and mail c/o VMBM, 901 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22802