Kenneth “Kenrod” Eugene Eubanks

POLO – Kenneth “Kenrod” Eugene Eubanks, age 82, of Polo, passed away Sept. 3, 2022. He was born Sept. 23, 1939 in Milledgeville, to Henry and Marjorie (Robinson) Eubanks. He graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1957. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for four years. He married Carol Piron on Oct. 8, 1966. They lived in Polo for 55 years where they raised their three children. He was a proud member of I.B.E.W. Local 364 working as an electrician. He retired from Northern Illinois University in 2005.

Kenrod was one of a kind. He enjoyed riding, buying and working on old motorcycles. He collected many motorcycles throughout the years, and his goal was to figure out how to ride two bikes at the same time. In his younger days, he was a demolition derby champion and was always looking to hear the roar of the crowd one last time. He was a member and one-time President of the Polo Jaycees. He was a member of the Rock River Riders and the longest standing member of the Polo Snow Rangers. He was patriarch of the Rod Family a group of with a tightknit friendship which spans over 55 years.

He loved spending time at the Homeland in Milledgeville, his boyhood home. Other hobbies included throwing water balloons, playing euchre, searching for Bicentennial quarters, fixing things with duct tape and tie wraps, drinking coffee with his buddies at the Shell station, and more than anything, he loved making sure people had a good time. He especially adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sainted wife, Carol (“whatsername”), his children Laura Wagenknecht of Pol, Hank (Kristy) Eubanks of Plainfield, Ill., Lisa (Bob) Ciosek of Glen Ellyn, Ill., six grandchildren, Kayla (Brian) Boyd, Dean and Alison Eubanks, Danny, Ryan, and Maddie Ciosek, great-granddaughter Carrie Boyd, his two sisters Shirley (Robert) Heath, and Barb (Jay) Boyles, and his sisters-in-law Pat Eubanks and Patricia Burson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Donald Eubanks.

There was a graveside service on Sept. 10, 2022 at 10 a.m. at the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Milledgeville, followed by a celebration of his life, open house, at the Mill Wheel Tavern located at 337 North Avenue in Milledgeville, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. We toasted to his remarkable legendary life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Rock River Hospice or the Ogle County Democrats.

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