Dixie Eschen, 80, of Fairbank formerly of Independence, died Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at La Porte City Specialty Care.
Dixie was born on March 6, 1940 to Earl Edward and Nellie Grace (Hanks) Tyler of Waterloo, IA. She attended Quasqueton country schools and later obtained her Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA) license from Hawkeye Tech. On December 9, 1956 she was united in marriage to John E. Eschen in Aurora, IA.
Dixie initially began farming with John in Aurora, they later moved to Hopkinton before finally settling in Independence in 1965. For over 40 years, Dixie worked as a Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA) at West Village Care Center in Independence. After John passed away in 2019, she moved to Fairbank, IA to be closer to her family. Dixie was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing various computer games.
She is survived by her children Holly (Bill) Trebon of Fairbank, IA, Cydallia (John) Sonksen of Clear Lake, IA, Victoria (Mark) Eschen of Independence , IA, and Kristi (David) Murray of Center Junction, IA; her sister Nancy “Peggy” Fry of Independence, IA; sister in law Loretta Rassmussen; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband John; her brothers, Ronald, Leonard, Kenneth, Joseph and Robert Tyler; her sisters Francis Cameron, Charlotte Tyler and Patricia Zerba; her sister in laws, Clara, Erma, and Dean; her brother in laws Herb Cameron, Lawrence Zerba, and William Fry.
A private graveside service was held on Friday, April, 24 at Campton Cemetery in Lamont, IA.