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Jacquie & Family, Don and Carolyn, my deepest sympathy to all of you. Kevin was an amazing mentor, leader and friend. I have spent the last few days reflecting on the many memories of our FFA days together. I remember as if it was yesterday the moment they announced Kevin was elected National FFA President. We "Iowa kids" were overwhelmed with joy, and so grateful that the nominating committee had recognized what we already knew -- that Kevin was an

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Posted by: Maureen Barber Hanson - La Porte City, IA - FFA   Sep 26, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. I will always remember hanging at your house growing up and what a neat kid Kevin was. He was the typical "little brother" but never bothered us too much! (haha)! There is now a special angel with you all!

Posted by: Darcy Simpson    Sep 26, 2012

Don, Carolyn, Jacquie & family,

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Kevin and sending prayers your way. Since we heard about him going to the hospital - and then his passing - I thought about him a lot. I don't actually remember Kevin that well growing up, but I feel like I know him. Between the stories Mr. Zumbach would tell us when we followed Kevin 10 years later through FFA, or when Carolyn and I worked together

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Posted by: Cory Bailey - Omaha, NE - Friend   Sep 26, 2012

Kevin was and always be remembered as an outstanding friend and mentor to my husband. My husband Ben, could go into a lot more specifics (probably for hours), but I wanted to share my memory of Kevin. He came home one evening with my husband. Our son was sitting in the front room and Kevin shook his hand and said "son I hear you're graduating soon". My son answered "yes sir, I am". Kevin reached in for his wallet and

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Posted by: Ben and Colette Matthews - Perryton, TX - friend/ coworker   Sep 26, 2012

Carolyn & Don

What an outstanding son you were blessed with to raise - and what an outstanding job you did. Remember the fun times and all of the tying times too, for they - all together - make up this thing we call life here on earth.

Carolyn, our hearts ache for your loss and our thoughts and prayers cross the physical distance between us all. Don, give Carolyn a special hug from her classmates and know that our thoughts are with you all.

Murray Class of '62

Posted by: Lyle Mansel tuttle - Surprise, AZ - classmate of Mother   Sep 26, 2012

I received the call from my best friend of Kevin's passing into God's kingdom. He will be missed and his family will be in our prayers.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11
His future is with God now and what a great life that will be.

Posted by: Ed Klingensmith - Ankeny, IA - Classmate   Sep 26, 2012

Words cannot fully express how devastated our family is over Kevin's passing. We met Kevin in 1999 when we moved to Denver, Colorado. We quickly became friends with him and Jacquie and eventually their son, Joseph, and our son, Austin, shared 'playtimes' in the crib together. It makes my heart warm when I look at those pictures now. Eventually the boys went hunting together, and did more 'adult' things with their dads - Justin and Kevin. We will always cherish

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Posted by: Tiffany & Justin Wolfe - St. Louis, MO - friends   Sep 26, 2012

It is hard to write anything on here because everyone else has already said it all. Kevin Eblen is the best National FFA President the Organization has ever had. This not only from my opinion, but from many people that I have chatted with the past few days. Words can not really explain what Keven Eblen was really like. But, here are a few. Sincere, caring, honest, loving father, loving husband, loving son, amazing friend. The list could go on

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Posted by: Bryon Murphy - Redfield, IA - Friend   Sep 26, 2012

Cannot believe this is ture. You will be with us forever.

Posted by: Rebecca    Sep 26, 2012

i will miss you forever.

Posted by: Elle - friend   Sep 26, 2012