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03/12/17 11:33 AM #1    

Larry (Lawrence) D. Hamon

Gary Allen Kilgore

In Memory Of

Lt. Col. Gary A. Kilgore

Erie, Pennsylvania

Nov 6, 1945 - Mar 6, 2017 (Age 71)


Lt. Col. Gary A. Kilgore, USA, (Ret.), age 71, of Erie, passed away on Monday, March 6th, at the VA Medical Center (Erie), following a lengthy illness.

Gary was born in Napa, Calif. on November 6, 1945, son of the late Ira and Margaret Paterson Kilgore. 

He graduated from Napa High School, had many graduate degrees, a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in Communications from Washington State University. 

Gary retired from the U.S. Army attaining the rank of Lt. Col., serving in Vietnam, the Gulf War and as a Military Intelligence Specialist.

Gary was a man of many interests, including theatre and photography. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, was an avid rider and was also a great storyteller. Gary was an active contributor and supporter of many Catholic Charities and a lifetime member of the American Legion, the VFW and the NRA.

Gary's greatest joy and love were his family and especially his six grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his younger brother Richard.

He is survived by his wife Kristine Scholtz Kilgore, daughters Heatheranne Amari (Lee) and Nicole Michelle Kilgore, both of California and three step-children Joshua Curtze of Erie, Jessica Curtze of Erie and Rachel Curtze Szalay (Greg) of California. He is further survived by six grandchildren, Christopher and Anthony Amari, Tristen, Raegan and Austen Curtze and Frank Szalay.

Friends may attend a Memorial Service on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the VA Medical Center Chapel, 135 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16504.

Arrangements are entrusted to Burton Westlake Funeral Home, 3801 West 26th Street, Erie PA 16506.

Memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center or to the family in care of the Burton Westlake Funeral Home.

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03/12/17 03:58 PM #2    

Marcy-Mallory Benton (Bettinelli)

Thank you Larry for adding this obituary to the site. Great article.

03/13/17 08:01 AM #3    

Michael (Mike) Sunnafrank

Back in junior high and high school I often got mistaken for Gary. Not sure if he experienced that. Probably the freckles, the smile, the eyes. Who knows? But now I read Larry's obit and learn Gary went on to get his Ph.D. in communication as did I, that we liked many of the same things. And I wonder at that. We never really talked, not really, not in the way friends did back in our day--about the way we looked at life, at ourselves, at one another. And now, too late, I realize we might have had a lot to say. Could be said for so many of us who passed in the halls on our way to here. Enjoy your days and your families, my friends. Live that fuller life, as Larry makes clear Gary did.

03/20/17 09:40 PM #4    

Steven (Steve) Carl Smith

Be seeing you my friend in the by and by.  Missing your blarney already.  No more ambushes where you are, rest in peace.  Smee

05/28/17 07:10 PM #5    

Bob Nance

I was in school with Gary Kilgore from about 2nd grade through High school. gary was one of the good guys and fun to be around,, I heard about him over the years as a career army guy,,I am sure he was a great military leader, very educated and still down to earth,,even though we haven't spent much time together in the past 30 years I will remember Gary as a good man and someone to stay friends with and respect , when we occasionally talked it was like the miles evaporated and we were just two guys from Salvador school enjoying life,, I'm sure he is watching over us.

05/30/17 08:39 PM #6    

Richard (Dick) B. Hathaway

My how the years have taken us in so many directions.  Looking back to a time when we just took every day

for granted and really never realizing just how fragile our lives were.  This class of ours has given us a lot to 

truly apprecite in regard to individual accomplishments.  Some of those were short lived, just wish with all my 

heart you that have gone before us would have stayed a while longer.  Do I regret not knowing you as I should

have? Yes, with all my heart!  But I thank each and every one of you for being what and who you are.  To the Gary Kilgore's and Larry Hamon's of this world, I can't begin to express my deepest appreciation. I know none

of us will get out of this world alive, but I can only hope we can all stay connected for as long as possible.  So, to the class of 63, you truly are a great class of people that I am so proud to have been a part of.

Thank you,

D. Hathaway

05/31/17 08:06 AM #7    

Michael (Mike) Sunnafrank

Right you are, Mr. Hathaway. A shame we did not realize that back when we were speeding so fast past it all and one another but good that we have been brought to that knowledge now. Hope you are well, all of you.

07/25/19 04:55 PM #8    

Larry (Lawrence) D. Hamon

I just found a photo of Gary on the web.  I thought I'd share it with you.

07/25/19 11:11 PM #9    

Marcy-Mallory Benton (Bettinelli)

Thank you for sharing the photo of Gary! I have to agree with Dick and Mike, we had a very special class of people in our 1963 class. 

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