Merlin James Eschmann, 92, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on July 11, 2019 surrounded by his family. Merlin is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Lorraine Cressend Eschmann; his two children, Scott A. Eschmann (Terri) and Kim Eschmann LeBourgeois (Johnny). He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Ashley E. Ledet (Trey), Shaun Eschmann (Becky), Christian LeBourgeois (Katie) and Kelly LeBourgeois. Merlin also has five great grandchildren; Aiden, Tristan, Brayden, Caleb and Blaise. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Elda T. Eschmann. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph P. Eschmann and Elsie Joaquin Eschmann, and his lone brother, Joseph E. Eschmann. A native of New Orleans, living in the Mid-City area for most of his life, before becoming a resident of Metairie for the last 34 years. Merlin graduated from Warren Easton High School in 1943. He joined and served in the Navy at the end of WWII. Merlin then worked for Southern / South Central Bell for over 35 years, finally retiring as a manager on the Louisiana State Staff in the Assignment Department in 1984. Merlin was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with family. The family would like to thank caregiver Debbie for all of her help over the past year. In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to the American Cancer Society. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am on Monday, July 22, 2019 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the Mass time. Interment will be private.