ELYRIA - Thomas E. Kilpatrick, 87, of Elyria passed away Thursday at the Lifecare Center of Elyria following a brief illness. He was born February 8, 1925 in Wellsburg,, WV. And lived in the Grafton/Elyria area for most of his life. Tom worked as a machine operator at the former Bendix-Westinghouse in Elyria for 31 years, retiring in 1983. During that time he also worked as a tile setter for 55 years. He served in the United States Marine Corps
during W.W. II, spending time in Okinawa, was a past commander of V.F.W
. Post 1079 in Elyria and enjoyed bowling, golfing, dancing, singing, and playing music.
Survivors include his companion, Doris Matthews of Elyria; sons, Patrick M. (Holly) Kilpatrick of Amherst, Thomas H. (Patty) Kilpatrick of Ravenna and Kerry C. (Michele) Kilpatrick of Medina; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, June Coulter of Follansbee, WV.; brother, Robert Kilpatrick of Wintersville, OH.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Wilson. The family will receive friends Sunday 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria. 440-322-4626 where members of V.F.W. Post 1079 will conduct full military honors at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve 300 East 185th St. Cleveland, OH. 44119. Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com.