Larry B. “Jake” Eikenbery, age 76 of rural New Paris, Ohio passed away at 8:44 A.M. Sunday October 9, 2011 at Kettering Memorial Hospital. He was born October 14, 1934 in Preble County, Ohio and the son of the late Dorsa and Maxine (Brightenstine) Eikenbery.
Larry was a Veteran serving in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956. He received his training at Ft. Knox, KY and served 18 months in Japan. He worked for American Aggregates for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1993. He also farmed until 2002.
Larry attended the Hollansburg Christian Church and was a member of the New Madison American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Larry is survived by his wife of 56 years Martha (Morgan) Eikenbery. They were married October 22, 1954. Also by a son and daughter in law Larry A. and Christine Eikenbery, granddaughters Brandy Hess and Ashlee (Nathan) Curtner; grandson Larry R. (Angela) Eikenbery; great grandchildren Gavin Hess, Jeighla Hess, Accalia Benton, Jazimyne Meade and Jayden Curtner. Brother in law and wife Leonard and Gerri Morgan; nephews Bill (Peggy) Morgan, Len (Holli) Morgan and Rob (Bonnie) Morgan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday October 13, 2011 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Rev. Dr. Jim Vandermark, Rev. Tony Price and Rev. Joe Hanna officiating. Burial with Military Honors offered by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will be held in the Greenmound Cemetery New Madison, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 until 8 P.M. in the funeral home.
As a request of the family, blood may be donated in Memory of Jake at your local blood donation site.
Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com