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Henry Leopold Kil


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Henry Leopold Kil Obituary
Kil, Henry Leopold



Henry Kil, 96, passed away on June 14, 2016. He was a long-time resident of Albuquerque and a former Director of Volunteer Services at the VA Hospital. He was born on April 30, 1920 on the Southside of Chicago, the son of Polish immigrant parents. He attended the University of Illinois, but was drafted into the Army and was a decorated infantry officer during World War II.

Lieutenant Kil trained with British commandos in North Africa and was among the first U.S. troops to land in Italy, where he earned both the Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart. He was severely wounded by a sniper's bullet as the "Blue Devils" of the U.S. 5th Army entered Rome.

After a long recovery, Lt. Kil moved to Albuquerque in 1950 and began a career at the VA Hospital helping other injured Vets as a physical therapist. He later became the Director of Volunteer Services.

With his wife Marilyn, he was a founding member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he represented the State of New Mexico at the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC in 2004.

Henry Kil is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marilyn (Tadrowski) of Albuquerque, and four children, Catherine Kil Bryan of Sabillasville, Maryland, Patrick Kil of Albuquerque, and, from Denver, Dr. Dennis Kil and Sarah Kil White. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Henry Rivera, Josh Kil, Sunny Gallegos, Tai Shelton, Kevin and Laura White; three great grandchildren Eden Gallegos, Leo and Trey Rivera; numerous nieces and nephews; and his cousin, Dr. Joseph Kaminski.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Tekla Kil, two brothers, Zigmund and Robert Kil, one sister, Irene Hossa, and a great grandchild, Evan Gallegos.

Services will be held on Friday, June 17 at Our Lady of Fatima, 4020 Lomas NE. A Rosary will be said at 9:30am and Mass will follow at 10:00am. Interment will take place at a later date at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on June 16, 2016
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