John M. Kilgore
Born Sept. 25, 1932 in Dow, Okla. to James R. and Thelma M. Kilgore, John M. Kilgore passed away July 15, 2011.
John was the second of seven boys and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Jimmy.
He is survived by his brothers, Roger, Rudy, Wayne, Kenneth and Jerry; and sister, DeLana.
John enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. He served his boot camp at Fort Riley, Kan.
From there, John was shipped to Korea. His unit went immediately to the front lines. Soon after their unit was overrun at night. John hid under a guard shack while his buddy hid in a culvert. Late in the night, they both were able to run back to their base and safety.
Upon his return from Korea, John was forced to spend several months in the hospital in Japan. From there he was shipped to the hospital in San Francisco, where he spent several more months.
After his release from the military, John married his first wife, Dorothy Theresa King, of Minnesota in August of 1953. They made their home in Bishop, where John was employed by Union Carbide. They had four children, John, Maxine, Mike and Danny.
John then moved his family from Bishop to Lancaster. There he began working at Edward’s Airforce Base. He was employed by Serv-Air. John later became the general manager for Serv-Air.
John was later employed by E-Systems, a large defense contractor owned and operated by the C.I.A. This job turned out to be a long and interesting part of John’s live, traveling the world over. John loved what he did.
During this time John was divorced and later married Dorothy Fay Sweat. Along with his second marriage, John inherited three stepdaughters, Kathy, Debbie and Pat, two stepgranddaughters, Brynn and Sarah; and one stepgrandson, Matthew.
During the last many years of his life John went into private business as a contractor (Kilgore Services, Inc.) He was very successful in his endeavor, landing many million dollar contracts. Anyone who knew John loved him very much. He was a very kind and generous man and was well liked wherever he went.
We all love you brother, always.
Funeral services were held in Lancaster on Saturday, June 23.