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Robert Kilpatrick

Norfork - Robert James Kilpatrick, 83, of Norfork passed away Monday, December 3, 2018 in Norfork. He was born November 14, 1935 in Braidwood, Illinois as the only child of the late James and Pauline (Dickson) Kilpatrick. Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Sophie Bertino.

Robert was a graduate of Reed Custer High School, class of 1953. He married Yvonne Scaman on January 19, 1957. Together they made their home in Braidwood, Illinois and then in Morris, Illinois. They have three children, Mike( Susan Henson) of Venus, Texas, Matt (JoAnn Hylka) of Westmont, Illinois and Mari and Fred Ruegsegger of Norfork, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren, Leslie (Jerry Hernandez) of Venus, Texas, Paula and Jenny Kilpatrick of Westmont, Illinois, Sarah, Alex, Ian, Andrew and Elliott Ruegsegger of Norfork, Arkansas; 3 great grandchildren, Ryean (Jose) Rincon, Stephanie and Jerry, Jr.; 3 great- great grandchildren, TerriAnna and Jayden Hernandez and Zariah Rincon all of Venus, Texas.

Robert retired from Caterpillar in 1991 after 35 years of service. He was a master in many fields but he was especially talented with his wood working. He could create anything. Robert built and remodeled many homes, built furniture, decorations and refinished antiques. He was a true craftsman at building rock walls similar to the countryside in Scotland.

Robert and Yvonne moved to Norfork, Arkansas at Lake Norfork in 1991 where they built their last home together. Robert was a member of Local 851 International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers of Joliet, Illinois. He was active as an Elder at his family church, First United Presbyterian in Braidwood and also at First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Robert was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge in Morris as well as Mountain Home. He was a volunteer fire fighter for the Braidwood Volunteer Fire Department in the 1950's and Commissioner for the Rodney-Jordan Volunteer Fire Department for 11 years in Jordan, Arkansas. Robert was also a member of the Local 851 Machinist Workers in Joliet, Illinois.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 1106 Spring Street, Mtn. Home on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rodney -Jordan Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 129, Pineville, AR 72566 or the First Presbyterian Church of Mountain Home, 1106 Spring Street, Mtn. Home, AR 72653.
Published in Baxter Bulletin on Dec. 6, 2018
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