Dr. Jeffrey A. Kaylor Las Vegas, NV Dr. Jeffrey A. Kaylor, 62, has passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born in 1951 to Willard and Betty (Grodavent) Kaylor. Jeffrey graduated from Athens High School in 1969 and Michigan State University in 1973 after first attending Defiance College in Ohio on a football scholarship. He joined the US Navy and received his commission and qualifications as a fighter pilot in Pensacola, FL, in August of 1974. He furthered his training in Alabama, learning to pilot helicopters. Jeff was appointed to the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Shreveport. Reader's Digest published a story covering the rescue flight he piloted. He crazily volunteered to fly a Sikorsky HH3F Pelican Coast Guard chopper into Chicago and save two men trapped on broken scaffolding inside a huge, industrial smoke stack. During this rescue, with legs shaking and the lives of his men in his hands, he said he kept repeating the phrase, "What am I doing here? I'm just a kid from Athens." For this mission, and several others less harrowing, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal in 1974 and a US Coast Guard Commendation Medal in 1977. He returned to school, once again, and completed his doctorate and post-doctorate at Central Michigan University and certified with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Jeff was a Neuropsychologist, his passion was working with military members, those psychologically affected by service, creating ways for those who suffered severe head trauma a chance to rebuild their lives. He worked in Rehabilitation Psychology in both Kalamazoo and Three Rivers until retiring in 2000. Jeff was known for his humor just as much as his intelligence. He was a world traveler and at heart he was and always would be a true hippie. He is survived and dearly missed by his mother; brother and sisters, Greg and Holly in Detroit, Robin in Angola, and Karen in Singapore; a son, Adrian in California; niece and nephews, Jennifer Emory Paulson, Jimmy Emory and Micheal Martin, all of Las Vegas; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. Memorial lunch: East Leroy Township Community Building, 8156 4 Mile Road, July 25, 2014, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from July 22 to July 24, 2014