TRENTON – Ulrich Werner Eschholz of Trenton died on Feb. 4, 2017.
Born June 25, 1932, in Hartford, Conn., to Wolfgang and Emma Eschholz, newly arrived immigrants from Germany.
Rick was a gentle and kind man who was quick with a joke and always willing to offer a helping hand. Rick was a dedicated teacher and a devoted father with a love of science and music. He was especially happy when he was working outside or walking his dog in the woods.
Rick’s early years were shaped by the death of his mother during his birth, which sent father and infant son back to Berlin through the rise of Hitler and WWII.
At age 14, Rick made a heroic solo journey through war torn Germany to board a boat for the U.S. With nothing but a nametag around his neck and speaking very little English, young Rick arrived in New York City, to claim his U.S. birthright. Rick was eventually taken in by Paul Sr. and Leone Eschholz of West Hartford, Conn., where he went to high school, played drums in a jazz band and was forever grateful for the friendship he found in his young cousins Paul and Bruce.
Rick graduated from the University of Connecticut where he met his wife Alice in music appreciation class. The couple were married in Germany while Rick was stationed there as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After returning from service Rick took a job at Manchester Community College, where he taught physics, math, astronomy and computer science for over 40 years.
Rick is survived by his loving wife Alice, his siblings Ilse Yanis and Wilfried Eschholz, his cousin Paul Eschholz and his children: Siegmar Eschholz and his wife Anna Demeo of Southwest Harbor, Peter Eschholz and his wife Ingrid of Denver, Colo., his daughter Erika Eschholz and her husband Ken Michael of Victor, Idaho. He is also survived by his five grandchildren: Shersten, Elise, Gavin, Axel and Jane.
A memorial service will be held at the Somesville Union Meeting House on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The burial service will take place in Eastford, Conn., in the spring.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Maine Public Radio.