- About Us
Kurt Eschbach is the owner and operator of Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home. A native of Johnson City, he graduated with honors from Johnson City High School in 1986 . He then attended Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse, NY, graduating as Valedictorian of the spring class of 1988 and was granted his Funeral Director's license in 1989.
Growing up on Johnson City's southside he witnessed countless examples of neighbors caring for neighbors; observations which helped him develop a heart and mind for service to others. Kurt has been active in numerous civic, religious, fraternal and cultural organizations within the community; including the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, the Broome County Council of Churches, Johnson City Unity Masonic Lodge, the Binghamton German Club, the Maine Community Band and the Vestal Community Band.
He spends many hours in service to his client families and
his community. When not at work he enjoys
his Miniature Pinscher Heidi, playing the trombone and vintage
Benjamin Rangel was born and raised on Binghamton’s West side, and is a graduate of Binghamton High School. His interest in a career in funeral service began when he was a young boy. His natural ease with people and empathetic personality made it natural to pursue a career in helping others.
He pursued his studies at SUNY Broome and the Mortuary Science Program at Hudson Valley Community College. In 2014 while attending school he began his employment with Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home where he discovered the true reward in serving those in need.
Since 2017 he has been the location coordinator for Wreaths Across America at Chenango Valley Cemetery. When not at work he enjoys spending time with family and friends especially his wife and their Goldendoodle, as well as mountain biking.