Dr. James W. Pilkington

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Dr. James W. Pilkington

Dr. James W. Pilkington, 81 of Ozark, Missouri formerly of Red Oak, IA

Dr. James Walker Pilkington was born January 23, 1932 to James Jeffers Pilkington and Bernadine Atteberry Pilkington in Red Oak, Iowa. He flew into the arms of The Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in Springfield, Missouri. He was buried in Red Oak, IA on March 9, 2013 with Military Honors.

Jim graduated from Red Oak High in 1949; attended the University of Iowa and Drake University where he obtained his bachelor's degree in Education. He procured his Master's degree from the University of the Pacific and his Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska. GO BIG RED! On January 31, 1953, Jim married the love of his life, Carol Laine Sellergren. To this union four children were born: Jeff, Gail, Matt and Kim. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Dr. Pilkington touched the lives of many students and athletes during his career as coach and professor. It is to his credit that many of his athletes were NCAA All American athletes including several Olympic prospects. He was inducted into many athletic Halls of Fame.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Matt; parents; brother, Ross and his wife Pauline Pilkington; and sister-in-law, Penny Sellergren.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carol Pilkington of Ozark, MO; children: Jeff (Lisa) of Urbandale, IA, Gail Bodenhausen Cyr of Ozark, MO, and Dr. Kim (Lisa) of Nixa, MO; 12 grandchildren: Tera (Chris) Schmidt, Gara (Brian) Powell, Gavin (Megan) Bodenhausen, Gabrael (Michael) Lampe, Gunnar Cyr, Josh (Darcie) and Matthew Storms; Evan, Spencer, Jansen, Taylor and Conner Pilkington; great grandchildren: Peighton, Raleigh, and Durham Powell, Chanse and Maggie Bodenhausen, and Graham Lampe.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Maplewood Alzheimer's Special Care Center, 1146 E. Lakewood St., Springfield, MO, 65810.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at The Clark Chapel at James River Assembly of God in Ozark Missouri.

Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 24, 2013
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