Kenneth Lynn Eaby, 69, of Middletown, Delaware passed away at home Sunday evening June 8, 2014 and was surrounded by his loving family when the Lord came to take him home.
Ken was born on August 6, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio. He spent his early childhood in Lancaster County, Pa where his grandfather, a blacksmith, made wheels for Amish carriages and fitted Amish horses with shoes. A picture of the two in the blacksmith shop graces an Amish country tourist postcard from the 1950s. Ken and his mother moved to the Delaware City, Delaware area where he graduated high school as class President. Soon afterward Ken joined the U.S. Marine Corps
serving his country during the Vietnam War
. He became a decorated war veteran receiving the Silver Star. On his return from the war, Ken entered the University of Delaware graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1973 Ken was offered employment at the Delaware City Refinery, becoming one of the most revered project managers… caring for projects and crews in the industry for over 40 years. Ken loved people and was a born leader, committed to bringing balance and harmony to all situations. He played all sports and was a real competitor. He especially loved golf, picking the rainy week for many Myrtle Beach trips… but with Ken along,the sun would shine through and the fun never stopped!
Ken was a member of the Middletown and Newark Baptist Churches, where for a time he was a welcomed member of the choir using his beautiful, low and penetrating voice… as noted in his high school yearbook, he could even be mistaken for Elvis. Ken was a Mason and a member of the American Legion. He gave of his time to help anyone anywhere.
Together for 35 years, Ken is survived by his wife Patricia Eaby; (2) sons… Raymond Gardner, Jr. (Jane) and Timothy Gardner (Lisa); (1) daughter Patricia Marino (Michael); and (6) grandchildren: Matthew and Andrew Gardner, and Michael IV, Jacqueline, Peter and Arthur Marino. Ken was truly the most loving, caring and devoted husband and father a family could be blessed to have… always protecting, teaching, supporting, and sharing his love of Jesus Christ… that everyone believe in the Lord and receive God's greatest gift was the most important project Ken wanted to complete before he was to leave with the Lord. Only home for three months, often suffering, Ken said he was happier now than he had ever been in all his life. A true warrior soul who has left an unforgettable impression!
Visitation was held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Newark Baptist Church, 6011 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MD followed by a service in celebration of Ken's life. Burial was in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE on Monday, June 16, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ken's memory to Middletown Baptist Church, 419 Armstrong Corner Road, Middletown, DE 19709 or Newark Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5839, Newark, DE 19714. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.strano-feeley.com.