Joseph "Joe" Kilday

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Joseph B. Kilday 84, of Clear Lake, Texas passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014. He was born June 11, 1930 in Colton, CA the son of the late Cecil and Cleo Kilday.

Joe enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and attended electronics school in Texas and Illinois. He then served in Anchorage, AK and Greenland. After he was discharged he attended East Tennessee State College and received a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. He went to work for Ratheon in Bristol, TN for a few years then moved his family to Cape Canaveral, FL where he joined North American Aviation (later changed to Rockwell Int'l.) and the Apollo program in 1965. In 1975 he was transferred to Houston to join the Shuttle program as an engineer for SAIL (Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory). He became a Supervisor then a Manager for RSOC (Rockwell Shuttle Operations Co.) before retiring in 1990. In retirement Joe got interested in genealogy and spent many hours researching the history of his family back to the Civil War and beyond. He spent his retirement enjoying his family. In 1996 he and his wife Shirley moved back to Greeneville, TN where they had met and married in 1959. They enjoyed the company of extended family and old friends and he especially enjoyed attending UT football games with his lifelong friend Buddy. Three years later they returned to Clear Lake to be close to their daughter and her family. He was a wonderful husband taking care of his wife Shirley after she lost her sight and her health and a very special father and grandfather. Joe is survived by his daughter Charissa Deatherage and her husband John Deatherage; his grandchildren John Eric, Shane and Tonya Deatherage; his sisters-in-law Peggy Byrd and Renate Idell; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Shirley R. Kilday. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster with interment at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

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James Crowder Funeral Home
111 East Medical Center Boulevard
Webster, TX 77598
(281) 280-9000
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Published on from July 7 to July 20, 2014