AMHERST– John Kenneth Eibon, 84 years of age, slipped quietly into the arms of his Savior on Monday, November 21, 2011 while surrounded by his cherished family.
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He was born July 13, 1927 in Cloquette, Minnesota. John had made his home in Amherst since 1956. John's life was a series of careers and adventures that inspired his family to pursue excellence in there own lives. He joined the Merchant Marine at age 15 and then transitioned to the United States Navy during WWII serving in the Pacific Theater. During his tour of duty with the Navy he was a participant in the testing of the atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll. John's military career continued during the Korean Conflict with service in the United States Air Force. After his military service, John traveled the country working at numerous jobs until settling in Amherst in 1956. He worked for Ridge Tool in Elyria for twenty-five years before retiring in 1990 as a computer scheduler. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Amherst where he loved to serve in roles such as church counsel president and Sunday School teacher. John treasured his role as a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and invested heavily in his family's activities. Until drawing his last breath John's concerns and desires were focused on the needs of his family and friends.
Survivors include his sons and their wives; John Barry and Karen Eibon of Amherst, William "Bill" and Kim Eibon of Carlisle Township; daughter Barbara Lynn Zauner and her fiancé Chris Deamon of North Ridgeville; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and sister Bernice Johnson of Minnesota.
John was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-one years Barbara June Eibon (nee: Young) in 2007; daughter Arlene Kay Eibon in 1959; grandson Jeremey Zauner in 2009; two brothers; one sister; and by his parents John and Bertha Eibon (nee: Peglow).
Friends may call Friday, November 25, 2011 from 1 - 3 and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 115 Central Drive, Amherst. The Rev. Terrance Adamson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermilion.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers a gift be given in John's memory to someone they cherish.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Question, please call Hempel Funeral Home at (440)988-4451.
Published in The Morning Journal on Nov. 23, 2011