Kenneth L.  Eaton
Kenneth L. Eaton

October 24, 1951 - December 5, 2018
Born in Oceanside, California
Resided in Carlisle, Iowa
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Kenneth L. Eaton, 67, of Carlisle died at home on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, with his family by his side. He was born in Oceanside, CA on October 24, 1951 to the late Wesley and Virginia (Pohlad) Eaton. He served in the Marine Corps from 1970 to 1976 and retired in 2012 from Kemin Industries, after 20 years.

Ken was a member of Southgate Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies and the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Kim Eaton; three children, Ken (Lindie) Eaton, Jr., Cassie Miller Eaton (Aaron) and Jessie (Joey) Young; five grandchildren, Phoenix, Quinten, Brooklyn, Bella and Finn; three siblings, Randy (Kathy) Eaton, Linda Mould and Sheryl Eaton.

We had to say good-bye to a great man today. It is with great sadness our Dad’s gold heart stopped beating and his hardworking hands are now at rest. As much as it shattered our hearts to see him go, we know that God only takes the best. We try to remember that the pain of parting is nothing in comparison to the joy of meeting again someday.

Our Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Friend, Co-worker, the man with many hats, was an amazing man, with a passion and love for life, a love like no other for his wife, his family and his friends. Those of you who were fortunate enough to know him, whether you knew him for 20 years or 2 minutes, were quickly introduced to his twisted sense of humor. Whether you were lucky enough to watch his jokes or tricks unfold or you were the unfortunate recipient, it was hard not to smile when he played one on you. Even if you were not a fan of the prank, you would instantly be pulled in laughing by hearing Dad’s characteristic wheezing laugh.

Dad had many adventures in his life. He loved to travel and mingle with new people that he we would meet. Dad had a distinct and unique ability to fit in anywhere he went and people always loved his fun-loving personality. It was in our true family tradition and fashion that our circle of friends expanded quickly to be become members of our family. Everyone was welcome for any meal, any holiday, and the door was always open if someone was in need of something or somewhere to go.

Though his time was short, we know Dad was grateful for the many accomplishments and adventures he experienced during his rich life. His earlier adventures with Mom included multiple leagues of Darts, Billiards and many “get togethers” with friends. Their next adventure brought them to owning and operating a bar and comedy club. Dad was also quite the crafter; he had a workshop where he spent hours making beautiful knives and American Indian artifacts. Dad got to experience many rafting trips in many states. The last rafting trip took us to Colorado, where we all went bobbing down the Royal Gorge River. It was about half way in the trip, going through one of the rapids, Dad was flipped over in the middle of the boat. He then had to ride out the rapids in that fashion until we were able to pull him upright in calm water. The river had a few tricks it apparently wanted to repay Dad with, as he was no match for the rapid waters. That day the tables did turn a bit, and we all had a VERY good laugh at Dad’s adventure on the river. As always, Dad was a good sport and eventually…days later, joined in the laughing with us. Dad also went skydiving and bear hunting in Idaho. Dad did enjoy hunting; however, since he was severely outnumbered by three girls in the family, not to mention die hard animal lovers, he did not share much of this passion with us.

Most days Dad did not need much to be content; you could always find him in what he called his “big boy” shorts or pants in the comfort of his home. He enjoyed watching western movies, comedies, rodeos and some unique cooking shows. Whether we were on an elaborate vacation or having a simple game night, the true beauty in Dad was: he was always happy doing whatever with family and friends alongside him. Dad very rarely complained about anything and was our family’s rock.

Our memories of yesterday will last a lifetime. Dad, we will keep your memory alive as if you were right here with us. Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face, we know deep down in our hearts that you have not left us. You surround us in the shooting stars we see and the moving satellites in the evening sky. We will remember you when we see the hawks and eagles, that you loved to watch, soaring in the sky under the sun. No words can describe how much we will miss you. You were loved, and you loved deeply in return. Until we meet again, you will hold a special place in all of our hearts. We will miss you greatly, and we love you with all our hearts.

Memorial contributions may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice.


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Friday, December 7, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, December 8, 2018
1:00 PM
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3601 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 PM


UnityPoint Hospice
11333 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322, IA 50322