Walter Alan Kilworth (1936 - 2011)

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Funeral services for Walter A. Kilworth, 75, were conducted by Pastor Glen Meyer and Pastor Alan Finestead on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Exira Christian Church in Exira. Interment was in the Exira Cemetery in Exira. The special casket bearers were his grandchildren Kelsey Henry, Lauren Kilworth, Grace Kilworth, Samuel Kilworth, Emily Kilworth, and Kaeden Kilworth. The honorary casket bearers were LaVon Christensen, Larry Littlefield, Arnold Bintner, Darrell Munch, Mike Bintner, John Asberry, Johnny Walker, John Kilworth, and James Kilworth. The casket bearers were Dustin Jensen, Joshua Jensen, Michael Kilworth, Matthew Kilworth, Christopher Kilworth, Mark Kilworth and Steve Byrne. The Kessler Funeral Home in Exira was in charge of the arrangements.
Walter Alan Kilworth, the son of Alonzo Hollis and Sadie Mae Tando Kilworth was born Feb. 9, 1936, at his aunt and uncle's, Jeff and Lizzy Roberts' home in Brayton, and died Nov. 26, 2011, at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital in Audubon, at the age of 75 years, 9 months and 17 days.
Walter was baptized May 19, 1960, at the Exira Christian Church in Exira. He attended rural school "Exira #6" southeast of Exira and then graduated from the Exira High School with the Class of 1954. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, for one year before moving back to Exira to help operate the family farm. On Oct. 13, 1958, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served stateside. He was honorably discharged on June 30, 1964.
On Oct. 5, 1958 he was united in marriage to Nadine Marie Andersen at the Exira Christian Church. Four children: Thomas, Cindy, Lonn and Timothy were born to this union. He continued to farm and raised cattle, hogs and row crops. In August of 1991 they moved into Exira where Walter continued to help on the farm after he retired.
Walter was a member of the Exira Christian Church in Exira where he served as a deacon and was an Elder Emeritus. He also served two years as the chairman of the board. He was an avid reader, enjoyed woodworking, hunting, and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed playing with and teasing his grandchildren.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Hugh Hollis Kilworth; his father-in-law Leonard Andersen and mother-in-law Neitha Andersen Littlefield; and his step-father-in-law Lonnie Littlefield.
Survivors include his wife Nadine Kilworth of Exira; his children: Thomas and wife Silvie Kilworth of Thorton, Colo.; Cindy and husband Eric Henry, Lonn and wife Denise Kilworth all of Exira; Timothy and wife Angie Kilworth of Waverly; his grandchildren Kaeden Kilworth of Thorton, Colo.: Dustin Jensen and Josh Jensen of Peoria, Ill., Kelsey Henry of Exira; Michael Kilworth, Matthew Kilworth, and Christopher Kilworth, all of Exira; Lauren Kilworth, Grace Kilworth, Samuel Kilworth, and Emily Kilworth all of Waverly; his brother Darrell and wife Viola Kilworth of Exira; his sister Doris Anne and husband John Byrne of Eugene, Ore.; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Nancy and husband LaVon Christensen of Kirkman; Leroy and wife Cathy Littlefield of Strawberry Pointe; Larry and wife Judy Littlefield of Glidden; Cheryl and husband Jerry Christensen of Neola; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL on Dec. 2, 2011
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