Obituary – Jeffery Bilen


Jeffery Reuben Bilen, of Listowel and formerly of Kitchener, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in his 66th year.
Loving husband of Kim (Stewart) Bilen, and father of Robert Bilen.
Brother of Milica & Wray Hayle of Pickering, Dianna & Bob Deline of Hamilton, and John & Christine Bilen of Markham.
Son-in-law of Bill & Carol Stewart of Listowel, and brother-in-law of Paul & Kim Stewart of Blyth, Cindy & Rick Brubacher of Atwood, and Ben & Jen Stewart of Wroxeter.
Jeff will be sadly missed by all of his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Predeceased by his parents Roko & Yvonne (Morrison) Bilen, and sister Leslie Payson.
Jeff’s motto was: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” He was an artist who loved to draw sketches, create websites and unique graphic designs. Jeff was always striving to learn new techniques and new design styles. All of the programs he learned were self-taught.
Jeff constantly looked to see the best in people and when someone was being difficult, he would wonder what they were facing in their own life. Jeff loved his furry little kitty friends. It gave him great joy to hear them purring around him. They sure helped to make long days more bearable. His family and church family were very important to him and he enjoyed the times he was able to spend with them.
One of his greatest passions was finding ways to alleviate the homelessness in his community. He always enjoyed serving or helping out where needed. During the summer months he loved to vacation with his wife and son at a cottage in Kincardine, where he was able to take a break from the busy workdays and enjoy family, friends and the beauty around us.
Jeff was a very kind-hearted soul with a wonderful sense of humour that helped him to deal with his illness. His love of music will live on in the family members that he touched. Rest in peace, my love.
Visitation was held at the Listowel Evangelical Missionary Church on Saturday, June 10, 2023 from 11 a.m. until the funeral service at 12 p.m., with Pastor James Ferber officiating.
Memorial donations to Hope Links Connection Centre or It Takes A Village would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home in Listowel. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary – Jeffery Bilen was last modified: June 12th, 2023 by Dianna Martell

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