Saturday, November 9, 2002

Obituary: Bob Eikens, veteran


He served in Vietnam

By Rebecca Billman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Robert L. "Bob" Eikens Jr., an Army veteran and former corrections officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, died of a heart attack Oct. 22 in Bradenton, Fla.

The former Carthage resident was 57.

Mr. Eikens left his job with the county in August to move to Florida, where he "loved sunsets and walking on the beach," said his wife, Sue Eikens.

He spent 13 years with the sheriff's department after 23 years as an Army sergeant. Mr. Eikens served a tour of duty in Vietnam and two tours of duty in Germany.

Born in Casper, Wyo., he grew up in Bond Hill and enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from Woodward High School in 1964.

At the time of his death, Mr. Eikens worked for Wackenhut Security at Northern Trust Bank in Bradenton.

He was a member of the Church of the Cross in Bradenton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In addition to Sue, his wife of seven years, survivors include a sister, Barbara Haggard of Elmwood Place.

Services have been held. Burial was in Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton.

Memorials: American Heart Association, Attn: Memorials, P.O. Box, 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.

E-mail rbillman@enquirer.com




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