Kenneth Ray Eusted
January 28, 1945 – February 1, 2020
Kenneth Ray Eusted was born January 28th 1945 in Red Bluff, Ca. Born to Lucille & William Eusted; he was the 7th of 10 little Indians. Kenny grew up in Red Bluff and enjoyed hunting with his brothers, fishing, playing baseball, getting into shenanigans with his best friends and beating up on his nephews (all in good fun of course) to help toughen them up and prepare them for manhood. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam. In 1970 Kenny met the love of his life, Becky Baker. They were married July 31st 1971 in Alturas, Ca. Kenny & Becky were blessed with their favorite son, Maren on March 5, 1975. Their favorite daughter Kendee Rae was born August 1, 1977. Becky started a career at Caltrans in 1981 during a long winter layoff for Kenny. He stayed at home being Mr. Mom caring for their two children returning to work 9 months later. When Kendee was 6, Kenny and Becky did a permanent role reversal as he was severely injured in the woods, thus ending his logging career. This time was pivotal in raising two very strong, independent, hard-working and driven children. Kenny only got the brush curling iron stuck in Kendee’s hair once (on picture day) of which he cut every single prong off of it with a butcher knife to get it untangled. Kendee will tell you he didn’t cut one strand of her hair! Maren only had a few rounds of stitches and trips to the ER (annually).
On August 12, 2000 Kenny & Becky would welcome their grandson, Ayden Kenneth Vance. The arrival of his 1st grandson brought a whole new level of joy to his life. Kenny quit his job to become full time Papa for Ayden, who was 14 months old when he & his mama & daddy moved next door. They would spend many days watching John Wayne marathons, eating cookies & drinking milk. They played cowboys & Indians. Yep, with real Indians! Becky was working in a flower bed & got jumped by the Indians yelling, “get the white woman!” Kendee tried convincing him they shouldn’t say that only to be met with many laughs from her dad! Kenny & Ayden watched the knife & sword show consistently & Kenny ordered a multi piece (like 90) set of knives & swords! The two of them shared their “own” language & I mean they spoke fluently to each other in what sounded like an Indian dialect, before Ayden formed real words. Papa Kenny never missed Ayden’s baseball games & was his biggest fan. A person would be hard pressed to find a stronger bond of love & security between Ayden & his Papa. As a matter of fact, I challenge that.
Kenny really loved spending time hunting, fishing, camping with his family, panning for gold, metal detecting, and playing cribbage. He was a skilled arrowhead maker and a joy to be with on the dance floor and loved music, especially Elvis. He also loved attending his kids’ sports games and was their biggest fan (besides Becky, of course). This took on a new meaning when Ayden started playing junior giants and Kendee started coaching. He was so proud of that program and what it did for the kids in our community. He adopted many of Maren and Kendee’s friends and they considered him a dad, as well. Their home was such a great comforting space for so many when they needed a place to be loved and cared for. Kenny loved spending time gardening with Becky especially after he got Reba (the red tractor). He always looked forward to the annual Eusted family reunion, an event he never missed. Words cannot describe the unconditional love Kenny had for his family and friends. He was a sincere giver and was always willing and wanting to help. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. Kenny is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Becky Eusted; son, Maren Eusted and wife Kelli; his daughter Kendee Eusted; and grandson Ayden Vance.
There are two siblings remaining; sister Nina Bennett & brother Roger Eusted. He was preceded in death by his mom & dad, Brothers Billy, John, Herman, Michael & Sisters Katie, Maralyn & Karen. Kenny is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.
- Graveside Service Saturday, February 15, 2020
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
Kenneth Ray Eusted
February 15, 2020
Rest in peace Kenny , and thank you for your military service .
February 4, 2020
I have many pleasant memories of Kenny from first grade at Lincoln Street School through High School. He was one of the nicest persons one could know. I left Red Bluff in the mid 1960s and only saw Kenny at our high school reunions, but he was still that great person. RIP old friend.