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“I am sorry to hear of the passing. I am certain we would have been good friends. God bless to all friends and family members. Kevin ”
1 of 65 | Posted by: Kevin Eblen - Akron, OH

“A FRIEND OF AGRICULTURE There once was a friend of mine.Who could not have been anything but friendly and kind.Every day he loved and cared for the...Read More »
2 of 65 | Posted by: Bryon Murphy - Redfield, IA

“I have great memories of Kevin from FFA and Iowa State and it was especially gratifying to have served on the National Officer Selection Committee...Read More »
3 of 65 | Posted by: Matt Musselman - Liberty, MO

“You are all in our thoughts and prayers! We have been praying for you and we wish you peace. Sincerely,Jeff, Diane and boys ”
4 of 65 | Posted by: Jeff and Diane Lange and Family - IA

“We were so sorry to hear about the passing of Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family at this difficult time. ”
5 of 65 | Posted by: Diane DeYoung Latham

“Don and Carolyn Just want you to know that Lynette and I have been thinking about you the past few days. Can't imagine what a shock it must have...Read More »
6 of 65 | Posted by: Mel Mueller - Neillsville, WI

“We are so sorry for your loss. Just want you to know we are thinking of you through these sad sad times. ”
7 of 65 | Posted by: Ruby Mckee, Vance and Elaine Frommie and family - IA

“Out thoughts and prayers are with you Jacquie. Kevin was not only a loving husband, father, and friend to all he met but a leader in agriculture. May...Read More »
8 of 65 | Posted by: Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA

“I remember working with Kevin early in his career with Monsanto. He was a sales representative in Northwest Iowa - young, ambitious, and one of the...Read More »
9 of 65 | Posted by: Beth Haley - Omaha, NE

“Jacquie and family,I have kept you in my prayers since the day I was informed of Kevin's illness. I find it hard to find the words to say or to...Read More »
10 of 65 | Posted by: Lana Bearden - Creston, IA

“I have had the priviledge in my forty-two years of business to travel from one end of this continent to the other, to meet with congretional...Read More »
11 of 65 | Posted by: Dave Driskell - Creston, IA

“Jacquie and family,We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our 2 kids are also active in FFA. Lean on your family and friends at this time. ”
12 of 65 | Posted by: Sharlene Shepherd Timm - Sac City, IA

“Growing up I had a few heros. Roy Rogers, Captain Knagaroo, Cookie Monster and Kevin Eblen. Standing in the auditorium in Kansas City when his name...Read More »
13 of 65 | Posted by: Bryon Weesner - Dexter, IA

“Kevin was coming up through the FFA as I started my teaching career and I remember him from his various offices and then teaching in the South...Read More »
14 of 65 | Posted by: Dianne Strickler - Springville, IA

“Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you Don and all of your family at this time of sorrow. I also have lost a son. God will help you...Read More »
15 of 65 | Posted by: Richard Agans - El Dorado, AR

“Don, Carolyn, Jacquie & family, just heard of the loss of a great friend and my heart is broken. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May...Read More »
16 of 65 | Posted by: Doug Phillips 1985-86 State FFA President - Ohio - OH

“Kevin was a gift to the community. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers for Jacquie, kids, and all of Kevin's family and friends. ...Read More »
17 of 65 | Posted by: James Zimmerman - Beijing, China

“We want to extend our sympathy to the Eblen and Rychnovsky families during this time of heavy hearts. Keep those great memories close to your heart...Read More »
18 of 65 | Posted by: Lyle and Paula Rychnovsky - IA

“I wish to add my condolences to the immediate and extended family of Kevin Eblen. The emptiness that we feel now is a reminder of how significant...Read More »
19 of 65 | Posted by: Craig Mcenany - Nevada, IA

“Truely sad for losing Kevin Eblen, a great leader and an important friend to me. He played a significant role in past two years in my professional...Read More »
20 of 65 | Posted by: Michelle Nijun Duan

“Kevin you are a class act. Such a great example of a loving husband and father, intelligent businessman, wonderful friend and all around terrific...Read More »
21 of 65 | Posted by: Steve Braun - Gurnee, IL

“Kevin was a great inspiration to all of us in the Iowa FFA! He was a great person to know and work with. And it was an amazing feeling to have a...Read More »
22 of 65 | Posted by: Marcia Hopkins Cox - Princeton, MO

“25 years ago when I was a State FFA officer from Maryland and National FFA Officer Candidate, Kevin was National FFA President. Back then, he was an...Read More »
23 of 65 | Posted by: Mark Hooper - Denver, PA - Friend

“Although I never worked with Kevin, I was fortunate to inherit the legacy of his assignment to the UK . Without exception his colleagues, customers...Read More »
24 of 65 | Posted by: Peter Turner - co-worker

“Kevin will always be remembered by us as the greatest man and the best boss. May God bless Kevin and kevin's family! ”
25 of 65 | Posted by: Alice - Beijing

“Kevin was such a great guy to work with, professional, nice and warm. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with him for these...Read More »
26 of 65 | Posted by: Sujing Wang - Beijing - co-worker

“Jacquie & Family - I looked through a couple of "old" college albums and it brought back a lot of great times we all had at Sigma Kappa. Many of us...Read More »
27 of 65 | Posted by: Denae Rusk - Shelby Twp, MI

“My sympathy to your entire family. Lean on each other to get thru these rough times. God bless each one of you. ”
28 of 65 | Posted by: Mary Jo Klingensmith Key - Ankeny, IA

“Kevin is a great man. We all like him and will miss him so much. ”
29 of 65 | Posted by: Coco Wang - Beijing, MO

“Jacquie & Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Kevin. May the Lord bless you and keep you and may He heal your pain and suffering. Larry ”
30 of 65 | Posted by: Larry Joines - Sioux City, IA

“Carolyn, Don, Joedy and Pam,I only knew Kevin as Joedy and Pam's little brother but it is easy to see what a remarkable man he was and how many...Read More »
31 of 65 | Posted by: Kathy Kessler Spencer - St. Louis, MO

“I started teaching high school agriculture in 1983 in the South Central District in which Creston was a part of. When I first met Kevin I was amazed...Read More »
32 of 65 | Posted by: Patrick Powers - Eddyville, IA

“What could we write about our good friend Kevin? It is very simple: He was a great friend, an inspiration as a father, one part of the nicest couple...Read More »
33 of 65 | Posted by: Verena Giese Prochowski

“Sweet children, Jacquie, Don and Carolyn and Eblen family -- we are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy. Growing up with Kevin...Read More »
34 of 65 | Posted by: Bryan and Sheila (Bladon) Gonseth - MS

“Kevin is warmly remembered in Beijing as a friend and leader of the ag community. He was the go-to person on agriculture in the American Chamber of...Read More »
35 of 65 | Posted by: Christian Murck - Beijing

“My family's prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. So sorry to hear about your loss. I remember all the good times we had in...Read More »
36 of 65 | Posted by: Diane Gillespie Nicholson - IA

“Thinking of you at the time of your loss. ”
37 of 65 | Posted by: Connie ( Swanger) Arey - AZ

“Kevin was an individual that inspired many through his years as an FFA Leader. So sorry for the loss. ”
38 of 65 | Posted by: Rhonda Clough - Lowden, IA

“Don Carolyn and Family, I will never forget how kind Carolyn and Joedy were to me upon the passing of my Mother. I would have never guessed death...Read More »
39 of 65 | Posted by: Tim Leonard - Creston, IA

“Our deepest sympathy to the family and may God Bless you in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers will be sent your way in this time of sorrow....Read More »
40 of 65 | Posted by: Dan Leinen - Harlan, IA

“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...Read More »
41 of 65 | Posted by: Maureen Barber Hanson - IA - FFA

“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...Read More »
42 of 65 | Posted by: Darcy Simpson

“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...Read More »
43 of 65 | Posted by: Cory Bailey - Omaha, NE - Friend

“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...Read More »
44 of 65 | Posted by: Ben and Colette Matthews - TX

“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...Read More »
45 of 65 | Posted by: Lyle Mansel tuttle - Surprise, AZ

“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...Read More »
46 of 65 | Posted by: Ed Klingensmith - Ankeny, IA

“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...Read More »
47 of 65 | Posted by: Tiffany & Justin Wolfe - MO

“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...Read More »
48 of 65 | Posted by: Bryon Murphy - Redfield, IA

“Cannot believe this is ture. You will be with us forever. ”
49 of 65 | Posted by: Rebecca

“i will miss you forever. ”
50 of 65 | Posted by: Elle - friend

“I was at a loss when I heard Kevin had passed. Although its been many years it is clear that Kevin did make a difference in today's world and the...Read More »
51 of 65 | Posted by: Timothy Walden - Pierson, IA

“I am so sad to hear about Kevin. Praying for Peace for the Eblen family during this sad and difficult time. What an outstanding business man with a...Read More »
52 of 65 | Posted by: Diane Fastenow Palmer

“It's been many years since we crossed paths, but I know Kevin was an outstanding leader, mentor, and friend to many... plus a great, great...Read More »
53 of 65 | Posted by: Brad Moffitt - Radnor, OH

“I was saddened to hear news of Kevin. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. I remember meeting Kevin when he was in Beijing as part of the...Read More »
54 of 65 | Posted by: Mary Kertz - Washington, DC

“My sympathies go out to the family of Kevin. Although it's been awhile since our class graduated in 1984, I can still remember riding the same ...Read More »
55 of 65 | Posted by: Lisa Becker - Liberty, MO

“My thoughts and prayers to the Eblen family. Kevin was oustanding person who will be greatly missed by many. ”
56 of 65 | Posted by: Paul Stueckradt - Ankeny, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin's entire family. I feel fortunate that many years ago our paths crossed. We had so much fun together for a...Read More »
57 of 65 | Posted by: Rex Haggerty - Corning, IA

“I'm so sorry to here about Kevin He was a great guy, I still remember him riding that honda three wheeler all over his parents farm. My condolences...Read More »
58 of 65 | Posted by: Steve Weber

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Celebrate the man Kevin was and the good-will he brought to all of those he...Read More »
59 of 65 | Posted by: Barb Osborn - Ames, IA - FFA

“I was so sorry to learn of Kevins' passing. My prayers are with his family. Knowing Kevin as I did I know his family will come through this. He was...Read More »
60 of 65 | Posted by: gary bruns - IA - FFA

“My sincere condolences to Kevin's entire family... Kevin left his footprint all over the world with his family by his side. I'm proud to have know...Read More »
61 of 65 | Posted by: Michelle Freese- McIntire - Afton, IA

“Don, Carolyn and Family, My heart aches for you right now, I sometimes wonder why such good-hearted people have to go through such pain. I know that...Read More »
62 of 65 | Posted by: Jacque Jay - IA

“My heart and prayers go out to Kevin's family. We all had so much fun growing up together... along with camping trips and state fairs. Everyone...Read More »
63 of 65 | Posted by: Shelley Carter - creston, IA

“I remember Kevin being a top FFA student even though he was a couple of years behind me in high school. (I graduated with Pam.) My condolences to...Read More »
64 of 65 | Posted by: Christi Hamilton (Merboth) Byerly - IA

“Kevin was truly one of the remarkable and outstanding young men that I had the opportunity of knowing during my many years in public education. ”
65 of 65 | Posted by: Rich Byerly - Creston, IA

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Kevin Eblen, 46, of Beijing, China/Chesterfield, Mo., formerly of Creston, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 at St Johns Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis. Services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston. Burial will be at Summit Cemetery, near Cromwell. Father Ken Halbur, Father Tom Sendein and Father Lazarus Kirigia will officiate. Open visitation will be 2-6:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, with family receiving friends from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Powers Funeral Home in Creston. There will be a 6:30 p.m. wake service and rosary, conducted by Rev. Monsignor Gerald Stessman. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the FFA and China Little Flower Orphanage. Online condolences can be left at

Kevin Eblen was born August 12, 1966 in Creston, Iowa to Donald Joseph Eblen and Carolyn Kay (Graham) Eblen. He grew up in Creston and graduated from Creston High School in 1984 and from Iowa State University in 1990. On September 29, 1990 he was united in marriage to Jacquie Rychnovsky in Lenox, Iowa.
Kevin paved the way for his current high-ranking position with Monsanto, a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, by rising through the ranks of FFA in high school. Kevin earned his American FFA degree at the 59th National FFA Convention, where he was Iowa's candidate for Star Agribusinessman of America. He served as National FFA president in 1986-87 after serving the Iowa FFA Association as secretary and president the prior two years. At the time of his election, Kevin was only the fourth Iowan to be elected National FFA president, and only the 10th Iowan to serve as a National FFA officer. Kevin took a one-year leave of absence from Iowa State University, where he was majoring in public services and administration in agriculture, to travel throughout the nation, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands representing the 430,000 FFA memberships. While he was involved in several activities in high school, including thespians, 4-H and sports, it was his work in FFA under advisor Galen Zumbach that was most valuable for his eventual career in agriculture business. In an article in the Creston News Advertiser from 2008, when Kevin was surprised to be notified of his induction into the Hall of Fame at Creston High School, Eblen said, "I am certainly honored by it. In reflecting on it, it seems the recognition ought to go to my parents and teachers I had in the community, rather than me. Nonetheless, I am excited about it and we plan on coming. My memories of Creston are fond. There was an unselfish attitude among the teachers, and Larry Osthus was among them. (Principal) Ron Levine and (superintendent) Paul Grumley were also supportive."

Kevin was a member of the Our Lady of China church in Beijing, China, Saint Clare of Assisi in Ellisville, Mo., worked for Monsanto for 20 years and was currently the President, Monsanto Greater China and a huge advocate for solving world hunger.

Kevin is the loving husband of Jacquie Eblen ( Rychnovsky) of Beijing, China/Chesterfield, Mo; formerly of Prescott, Ia.; loving father of Joseph, Jessilyn, Anthony, and Vincent Eblen; loving son of Don and Carolyn Eblen of Creston; "number one son-in-law" of Jim and Marilyn Rychnovsky of Prescott; loving brother of Joedy (Kevin) Wynn of Corning; Pam (Tim) Gray of Creston; loving brother-in-law of Wayne (Jane) Rychnovsky of Corning, Jayne Braun of Libertyville, Ill.; and Joni (Bill) Taylor of Creston; loving uncle of Brook (Josh Abel) and Josie Krings, Jacquie (Jayrd) Merritt, Jeremy (Jessica) Gray, Lucas (Mariah) Gray; Michelle (Jeff) Potthoff, Andrew Rychnovsky, Judith (Joey) Morgan, Madeline Braun, Steven Braun, Colby Taylor and Jenna Taylor; our loving great-uncle, cousin, colleague and friend to many.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roland and Thelma Eblen, Arno and Helen Graham, Andrew and Mary Rychnovsky, Vernon and Marjorie McKee and his sister in-law Judy Rychnovsky.