Robert J. Kilgore
May 12, 1925 - March 14, 2013
Robert J. Kilgore, age 87, died at home in Pawleys Island, South Carolina on Thursday, March 14, 2013
Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Kilgore was born on May 12, 1925, in Erie, Pennsylvania to the late Charles D. and Mary Jane Lee Kilgore. General Counsel and Senior Vice President for 24 years at Hammermill Paper Company, Kilgore was a partner with Marsh, Spaeder, Barr, Spaeder and Schaaf for ten years and past president of the Erie County Bar Association. Recently honored as having been in the Pennsylvania Bar for over 50 years, Bob Kilgore enjoyed his work and his many civic engagements over the years. Graduated from Erie East High School in 1943, Grove City College in 1951 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1954, Bob served as president for various organizations: the Erie YMCA, the Erie Club, and the School Board of Iroquois School District.
Bob Kilgore was also active in the Presbyterian Church. Currently a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church of Georgetown, South Carolina, Bob served as an Elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Lawrence Park, Pennsylvania in addition to having been Moderator for the Lake Erie Presbytery and Member and Master of Perry-Keystone Lodge No. 392 F. & A. M.
Kilgore entered his retirement years with his wife Betty in the Georgetown, South Carolina area at DeBordieu where they made new friends and provided wonderful experiences for their family. Survivors include his wife, Betty Baker Kilgore of Pawleys Island, South Carolina; three daughters: Deb Ford and her husband Jim, Evanston, Illinois; Nancy Patton and her husband, Doug, Georgetown, South Carolina; Susan Gadrix and her husband Vincent, LaGrange, Georgia; a brother, Charles Kilgore, San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren: Lyndsey Patton, Atlanta, Georgia; Adam Patton, Superior, Colorado; and, Kara Bliley Cross and her husband Eric, Denver, Colorado. Kilgore was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Smock and Martha Barthel.
Services will be held in Georgetown and Erie. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road, Georgetown, South Carolina. Kilgore will be buried in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania. A visitation, service and reception will be held at the Burton Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 or the YMCA of Greater Erie, 31 West 10th Street; Erie, Pennsylvania 16501.
Published in The Sun News on Mar. 15, 2013