Donald "Skip" Eaken
Donald E. “Skip” Eaken, 68 years of age, passed away Monday September 24, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Born in Lodi, Ohio on March 19, 1944, he was the son of the late Donald E. and Norma (Russell) Eaken, Sr. Mr. Eaken was a longtime resident of Portage County, and had been the owner-operator since 1989 of Skip Eaken Racing in Freedom Township. His enthusiasm for being a motorcycle mechanic began at the age of 18, following which he became a Professional Motorcycle Race mechanic in 1972. Known for building fast engines, he earned 4 national championship titles as a race mechanic. Mr. Eaken thrived on learning and sharing his knowledge of various topics and was truly a self educated man. Playing Texas Hold ‘em, following all Cleveland sports teams, especially the Indians were leisure time activities that he enjoyed, yet his most cherished times away from his work were those spent being a husband, father and grandfather and sharing his love for family. His grandchildren will always remember Mr. Eaken watching them participate in their sporting activities. Mr. Eaken leaves a legacy of integrity, doing things the right way, treating all with whom he came in contact with respect and for keeping his word .On January 23, 1965, he married Linda L. (Clement) Eaken who survives at their residence. Also surviving are his children Donald E. “Chip” (Elizabeth) Eaken of Kent, Barbara (John) Cymanski of Hiram and Susan (Mark Bailey) Eaken of Shalersville, sisters Sandra (Gene) Gorman and Kathy Wood both of California , Joan Eaken of Arizona and his grandchildren Matt, Elizabeth and Megan Cymanski, Jared and Logan Bailey and Heather and Emily Eaken. Preceding him in death were his siblings James and Russell Eaken and Diane Barnes. Calling hours will be Thursday from 5:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, where funeral services will be held Friday September 28, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. Mr. Eaken will then be laid to rest at Hillside Cemetery in Mantua Village.
His obituary and video tribute may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.