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In Memory of

Billy J. Kilpatric

October 4, 1930 - June 12, 2017

Obituary


Billy J Kilpatric, 86, passed away on Monday June 12, 2017 in the VA Hospital Hospice Wing. Bill was born in Grogan, Missouri on October 4, 1930, his early years were spent going to school and working various jobs to help his family survive. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October 1947, barely past his seventeenth birthday. Bill’s first tour was in Germany where he was part of the Berlin Airlift, he then relocated to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas to work on the B-36 and B-52 aircrafts. Here he...

Billy J Kilpatric, 86, passed away on Monday June 12, 2017 in the VA Hospital Hospice Wing. Bill was born in Grogan, Missouri on October 4, 1930, his early years were spent going to school and working various jobs to help his family survive. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in October 1947, barely past his seventeenth birthday. Bill’s first tour was in Germany where he was part of the Berlin Airlift, he then relocated to Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas to work on the B-36 and B-52 aircrafts. Here he met and married our mother, Charlotte Kilpatric (Brown) in 1952. There they had three boys, Michael (1953), Wayne (1955), and David (1957) and then transferred to Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. After 3 years the family transferred to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio where he continued to work on the B-52 aircraft. Being a military family, they moved again, this time relocating to Amarillo Air Force Base in Texas and again he worked on the B-52 aircraft. In 1963, they had a daughter, Donna, which increased the family size to 6. Unfortunately, the base was designated to close and he received orders to go to Thailand in 1967, so he relocated the family to Abilene, Texas. He had to attend F-105 fighter aircraft school and take his 1-year “remote tour” to Takhli RTAFB, Thailand. On his return from Thailand, they relocated to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, KS, again working on the F-105 and then on the C-130 cargo transport aircraft. Following a 4-year stent, they relocated again to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, where he worked on the C-130 aircraft. Together they spent 26 and a half years in the U.S. Air Force when he retired in 1974. After the military, Bill attended Sweetwater Community College and took agriculture and farm animal classes. He also started hobby farming raising cows and pigs and loved doing this. He had various jobs in Abilene, but with all 3 boys gone, it was just him, Charlotte, and Donna and so they felt the urge to move and decided to move back to Wichita, Ks. Here he continued hobby farming and raising various livestock, which at times included combinations of cows, pigs, goats, horses, rabbits, chickens, guineas, and once even an owl. Again, he and Charlotte worked various jobs until his final retirement from working at the McConnell bowling alley as the chief mechanic. He is survived by his four children, Michael (Valerie), Wayne (Joni), David (Thea), Donna Robinson, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a very loving and caring man who was loved and cherished by his family and friends. His favorite hobbies were bowling, fishing, and hunting, but none compared to his desire to farm, he loved raising, selling, and buying cows and pigs.