Kenneth “Kenny” Ross Eberle, 74, of Florham Park, N.J., passed away peacefully at Morristown Medical Center on August 7, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Kenny will be remembered for his unwavering values, passion for carpentry, and drawing others into the things that he loved.
Raised in Florham Park, NJ., he was the son of Clifford “Bud” and Edith Eberle. Kenny graduated from Hanover Park High School and went on to Rutgers University before enlisting in the Army. He earned the Bronze Star Medal while serving as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War, where he was a Construction Foreman. Upon his return, he worked part-time as a carpenter while attending NJIT and graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Kenny worked as a Civil Engineer at De Grace and Associates before joining Grove Associates, where he proudly worked for 40 years as a Real Estate Developer.
On June 22, 1974, Kenny married his wife, Donna “De,” Luke, and together embarked on a nearly 50-year marriage full of unconditional love, support, and adoration. They raised three children, Lauren, Luke, and Tim – who carry on their shared values of putting family first, showing kindness to others, and always keeping a sense of humor.
Kenny’s quiet leadership inspired everyone around him to be better and do better. Doing the right thing was always the only option, and each day was “another day in which to excel” – often stated with a wry smile. His keen ability to see the bigger picture while understanding technical details and minutiae made him a trusted resource for many. His methodical and purposeful approach showed up in all he did. From building their family home to creating the perfect Thanksgiving gravy, Kenny was a true engineer and master craftsman.
Kenny was a passionate lifelong learner and teacher. He taught himself how to golf and snow ski then quickly picked up water skiing – activities where he will be remembered not only for his beautiful form, but for his eagerness to teach those around him. He coached countless family members on Vermont’s Stratton Mountain and the waters of Lake Bomoseen. It brought Kenny so much joy to help others experience the thrill and excitement of learning something new. He had a close bond with his grandson Tyler and was often found cheering him on at hockey games and in life.
Kenny faced his health challenges with great fortitude, courage, and resilience. He was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2013; however, he fought tirelessly and never allowed these challenges to stand in his way. He cherished a good book, a delicious meal with family and friends, music, and a football game featuring his beloved New York Giants. While seemingly serious, the Professor of Bathroom Fixtures loved comedy and his dry sense of humor would surface when you least expected (TMSIKY).
Kenny is survived by his wife, De, and their children: Lauren (Mike) Aitchison & their son, Tyler; Luke (Sarai); and Tim (Becky) Eberle. He is survived by his brothers, Doug (Wyndie), Bruce (Christine) and Clinton Eberle. He leaves behind many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and countless longtime friends.