Eugene Keirn

July 27, 1957October 28, 2018
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Eugene Paul Keirn, 61, of Rockford, was taken from us too soon on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Born July 27, 1957 in Rockford. Son of Harold and Elsie (Mauerman) Keirn. Eugene found great enjoyment in singing karaoke, dancing, cooking and hiking at Rock Cut state park.

Survived by his daughter, Nichole Keirn; parents, Harold and Elsie Keirn; brothers, Harold (Carrie) Thorne, Bruce (Rosalynn) Keirn, Dennis (Jan) Keirn; best friend, Deborah Mays Fairchild; former wife and mother of Nichole, Carol Keller; former in-laws, Janet and Tom Sabrowski; other various extended family.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3 at Sunset Funeral Home. Visitation at 9 a.m. until time of service. Private Burial at a later date in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to his daughter Nichole to help pay for funeral expenses. To share a condolence


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Bob & Sandy Keil

November 4, 2018

We felt awful to hear what happened to Eugene. You certainly didn't deserve that kind of ending. My heart goes out to Nichole - it's always hard to lose a parent and especially when they pass away at a younger age. I also want to send my condolences to Eugene's parents - that has to be really hard for them as well. We lost touch after moving back to Minnesota but I have Nichole on face book & that's how we found out what happened. You will be missed Eugene!

Sarah Littlejohn

November 3, 2018

Family are in my thoughts and Prayers.... Eugene was a wonderful man. And taken Way too soon............ Rest in peace till we meet again.

Sandra Tifft

November 2, 2018

Missing you. Until we meet again....

Dee Mays

November 1, 2018

WE made a pack we would be friends for life well I'm changing that .. we will be friends in life and death .. I miss you. I came to you Tuesday to play cards and you weren't there .. I had to not play shuffleboard Wednesday because you my partner was not there .. All the plans we had made for this winter, next spring and even the fallowing summer will never come to pass .. I take back what I have always said .. I will not sue for for pal-alimony for leaving me so soon , your off the hook buddy ... fly high know you will always be remembered and never forgotten ..


Eugene Keirn
age 5 1963


Wisconsin dells



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Eugene Paul Keirn who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Eugene was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Eugene knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

       His parents were Harold and Elsie Keirn. Eugene was raised in Rockford, Illinois. Even as a youngster, Eugene learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

      As a young boy, Eugene was able to put his natural abilities to work. He was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, he liked to organize and direct. Eugene was raised with three brothers. He had three brothers, Harold, Bruce and Dennis. Eugene had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Eugene, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Eugene's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Eugene enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In his spare time he liked taking guitar lessons.

      In school, Eugene was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. He sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of his classes. He would eagerly complete his homework, and often put in extra study time when he felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Eugene was always good at following directions and meeting his schedules, whether they were set by his teachers or were self-imposed. Eugene’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” He graduated from West High School in 1975. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. After he graduated from High School he had a partnership with Imperial Computers incorporated in 1976 which was the first computer store in Rockford.

      Eugene’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Eugene’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. When Eugene saw the need or benefit, he would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Associates Degree and eventually getting his Business degree.

      Eugene was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Eugene was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Eugene came to expect his high standards of performance. Later in life, he became best friends with Deborah Mays Fairchild.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Eugene reveled in the security of his family. On July 2, 1988 Eugene exchanged wedding vows with Carol Ann Sabrowski; at the Christ United Methodist Church of Rockford, Illinois. One of Eugene’s most endearing qualities was his uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and his unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for his family and friends.

      Eugene was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Eugene would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Eugene was blessed with one child, daughter, Nichole.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Eugene was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Eugene was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Eugene upheld his standards. His primary occupation was a Computer Programmer. Eugene was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Eugene approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were singing Karoke, dancing, playing cards, card tricks, hiking at Rock Cut State Park, cooking like Betty Crocker and telling jokes. Eugene was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Eugene to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Green Bay Packers football.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Eugene liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Eugene became a member of the Belvidere Moose Club.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Eugene used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that he made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Eugene had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included going to Florida.

      When Eugene’s retirement finally arrived in December of 2014, he was well prepared. He used his critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In retirement, he found new pleasure in singing Karaoke, hiking at Rock Cut State Cut and dancing. In many ways, Eugene loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

       He was taken from us too soon violently being a victim of Homicide. He is survived by his daughter, Nichole Keirn; parents, Harold and Elsie Keirn; brothers, Harold (Carrie) Thorne, Bruce (Rosalynn) Keirn, Dennis (Jan) Keirn; best friend, Deborah Mays Fairchild; former wife and mother of Nichole, Carol Keller; former in-laws, Janet and Tom Sabrowski; other various extended family. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Illinois. Eugene was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      All who knew him would agree that Eugene was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Eugene Keirn did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.