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Robert Eugene Eakins, Jr.

January 1, 1949 — October 26, 2017

Robert Eugene Eakins, Jr., age 68, of Galesburg, Illinois, passed away at his home on October 26, 2017 at 3:08 P.M. Robert was born on January 1, 1949 to Robert Eugene and Shirley (Annis) Eakins, Sr. in Ottumwa, Iowa. He married Carol Daley on November 21, 1973 in Kankakee, Illinois. He served in the United States Army, and worked as a machinist/ inspector for 45 years at Caterpillar in Joliet, Illinois. Surviving is his wife, Carol Eakins of Galesburg, Illinois; his two children, Amanda Eakins of Galesburg, Illinois, Robert (Kelley) Eakins of Bourbonnais, Illinois; three grandchildren, Cole Eakins, Kyle Eakins, Carter Eakins; four siblings, Vicki (Gary) Hawke of Arizona, Eddie (Mary) Eakins of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jo Ellen Grandpre, Shannon Eakins of Batavia, Illinois; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Robert was an avid motorcyclist, enjoyed golfing, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family. Cremation rites will be accorded. Services will be held at a later date. The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois is assisting the family. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be expressed at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Robert Eugene Eakins, Jr. please visit our Sympathy Store.
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