Alfred “Al” LeRoy Kilbey, age 91, of Chillicothe, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
Al was born on June 23, 1929 in Peoria, Illinois to Chester E. and Myrtle “Norine” (Rickgauer) Kilbey, Sr. He married Phyllis Grace Holocker on April 14, 1951 in Dunlap, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 13, 2014. Also preceding him in death are his parents; his brother, Chester “Chet” Kilbey, Jr.; and his brother and sister-in-laws, Arthur (Marilyn) Pille and Donald Hurst.
Surviving are his children, Sheryl Kilbey, Daryl (Dianne) Kilbey and Dawnelle (Ron Bowers) Kilbey, all of Chillicothe, IL; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters, Joanne “Ozzie” Chapel and Florence Schatz, both of Wisconsin; his sister-in-laws, Lorraine “Lolly” Kilbey and Marilee Hurst; and many nieces and nephews.
Al served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He then worked for Caterpillar for 42 years before he retired. He was a member of Chillicothe First United Methodist Church, the American Legion in Lacon, and Pearce Community Center, where he was active with the Meals on Wheels Program. He was a big outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, flower gardening and bird watching. He also enjoyed watching television, crossword puzzles and fixing things around the house. Al and Phyllis loved to travel and Al was proud that he and Phyllis had traveled to all 50 states and Canada.
Due to Covid, services will be postponed and a date announced in the coming days. Rev. Ron Martz will be officiating. Burial will be at Prospect Cemetery in Dunlap. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or the Crittenton Children’s Home in Peoria.
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