Robert Jason Kilmer (1979 - 2015)

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Robert Jason Kilmer, 36, passed away peacefully at home in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Rob was born June 10, 1979, in DuBois, Pa., but spent most of his young life in the Biglerville/Wellsville, Pa., area.
He graduated in 1997 from Northern High School, then joined the U. S. Navy in 1998.
He served for five years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CV-64) based in San Diego, sailing all over the world, including multiple tours to the Persian Gulf.
After visiting family at home, Rob embarked on a new adventure, moving to the Seattle area. Drawn to the Pacific Northwest's big mountains and many outdoor activities, he perfected his snowboarding and mountain biking skills while pursuing a career in IT. He loved to go fast and fly high, almost as much as he loved to laugh. From skydiving to scuba diving, racing motorcycles, riding bikes and snowboarding off of cliffs, and anything in between, he showed no fear. Rob and his loving companion Lauren loved to go on adventures, exploring different cultures and discovering nature's diverse wonders, even after he was diagnosed with late stage germ cell cancer in September 2013.
Rob continued his IT education from the Navy into college, earning his degree in Information Systems in Edmonds, Wash., in 2009. In 2010, he found the job of his dreams and was employed by SWAT Systems in Seattle.
Besides his longtime partner, Lauren Rogers, Rob is survived by his father, Dave Kilmer and wife Yvonne (Bonnie) of Biglerville, Pa.; his mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Arentz and husband Doug of Wellsville, Pa.; his paternal grandparents, Ivan and Edith Kilmer of DuBois; his brothers: Steve Kilmer and wife Vickie of Dover, Pa., Chad Smith and wife Kim of Aspers, Pa., Josh Arentz and wife Laurie of Dover, Levi Arentz and wife Christina of New Oxford, Pa.; his sisters: Spring Cromer and husband Terry of Wellsville, Pa. and Lindsey Wildasin and husband Eric of Mechanicsburg, Pa. Also, many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, George and Betty Lou Williams; a brother, Jason Smith; a sister, Amy (Smith) Angell; and his childhood best friend, Nathan Anstead.
At Rob's request, there will be no funeral services. A celebration of Rob's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a life-giving blood donation or donor registration with Be The March or send a memorial donation in Rob's name to his favorite organizations: ASPCA, WWF, Sierra Club, Cancer Research Institute, the National Parks or the ALS Association.
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Published in The Courier Express from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2015
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