Gerald "Gerry" M. Kilcup 1932 - 2014 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." Psalms 116:15 Gerry was born March 22, 1932 in Aberdeen, Washington, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 24, 2014 in Federal Way, Washington. Gerry spent his early years in Hoquiam and Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from Federal Way High School before serving his country in the US Army during the Korean War in a noncombatant role. After his honorable discharge from the service he married the love of his life, Shirley G. Smith of Pasadena, California, in November, 1954. Gerry was a graduate of the University of Washington and spent nearly thirty-five years working for the Boeing Airplane Company as an Industrial Engineer on the 727, 737, and 757 programs. He retired from Boeing in 1994, after which he enjoyed spending time together with Shirley gardening, snow skiing, relaxing at the cabin on Rocky Bay, and watching their family grow in number to include twenty-one grandchildren and eighteen-great-grandchildren (and four more on the way). Gerry is survived by his wife of fifty-nine years, Shirley, daughters Karen Cedarland (Tim) of Gig Harbor, Sharon Zuerlein (Steve) of Fife, Kristina Vanderlinde (Tony) of Tacoma, and sons Thomas (Tina) of Buckley, David (Stacy) of Gig Harbor, and Jonathan (Beth) of Gig Harbor. He was preceded in death by his son Timothy. Gerry enjoyed nothing more than spending every day with his wife Shirley, whom he met at "High Dive" Park on Surprise Lake in the Summer of 1951. Together they raised a family, gave of their time to the Lord's work, and enjoyed each day as a gift from God. The family extends their warmest thanks to Karen Moore of Comfort Keepers, as well as the many family members and friends who have shown their love to Dad and Mom during these last few months. Gerry was interred at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at LifeWay Church, 5015 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, Washington, 98023. www.lifewayconnect.com
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Apr. 27, 2014