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DOWNEY – Kenneth George Eib, a World War II veteran who formerly owned several successful businesses in Downey, died at his home in Mesa, Ariz., on Sept. 30 surrounded by family.
He was born Jan. 18, 1922 in Olivia, Minn., the only child of Leroy and Grace Eib. He served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corp during World War II.
He married Mary Lois Koonce in 1946 in Wichita Falls, Tex., and moved to Chicago Heights, Ill. In 1956, they moved to Bellflower and owned several businesses, including New England Fish and Chips (Downey), Creative Accents (Downey) and Eib Photography.
Ken was a member of Downey First Baptist Church. He retired from Flintkote Roofing after 42 years.
Ken moved to Mesa in 1993 and became an active member of the community, serving as neighborhood watch block captain and the “unofficial greeter” at First Baptist Church of Mesa.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Eib; three children, David Eib, Robin (Joseph) Gambrell and Leslie (Pete Neubauer) Eib; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Gary Leroy Eib, in 1970.
In lieu of flowers, family requested donations to Hospice of the Valley, 2020 E. Woodside Ct., Gilbert, AZ 85297 (attention Linda Nine).
Published: Oct. 3, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 25