Ernest Cecil Kilgore

June 10, 1931April 10, 2018

Mr. Ernest Cecil Kilgore, also known as “Uncle Ernie” to many, died on April 10, 2018. Mr. Kilgore was born on June 10, 1931 in Norton, Virginia to his parents, Robert Kilgore and former Ms. Rose Gardenes. Mr. Kilgore was a veteran of Korean War and served honorably in the U.S. Army until his retirement on September 1, 1967. His military career best remembered for his love of his soldiers and passion to mentor young leaders. Mr. Kilgore joined the Raytheon Corporation in 1968 and had a distinguished career for over twenty-five years as a senior field engineer of air defense system. He worked around the globe from Far East Asia to Middle East and retired in 1993. Mr. Ernie and Sun Ok “Joanne” Kilgore moved to The Villages, Florida in 2004. Mr. Kilgore was a patient teacher, mentor, and leader. He was a patriot who symbolized “Duty, Honor, God and Country” and he will always be remembered for his love for the country music, golf, his guitar and Class-VI. Mr. Kilgore is survived by his wife, Sun Ok “Joanne”, his daughter Susan Kilgore, son Billy Joe Kilgore, grandson Dustin, granddaughter Kaleen, and numerous nieces and nephews. His funeral mass will be held at St. Timothy Catholic Church in The Villages, Florida on April 17th 2018 at 8:30am with reception following the Mass. Mr. Kilgore will be buried at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Florida at 11am on following day.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Committal Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ernest Cecil Kilgore

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Rex Schrader

April 20, 2018

My name is Rex Schrader. Willie Blohm (a former Raytheon Tech Rep) sent me an email a couple days ago informing me that Ernie had passed. He and Bobby Crawford, who also has passed, were the Raytheon Tech Reps for our unit (DSD 2/71st ADA (HAWK) back in the mid 70's. They were a good team and were always there to help us with equipment issues, even in the middle of the night. Our equipment was guarding the N. Korean border and needed to be working 24/7. I called them several times in the middle of the night out in the middle of nowhere. They always came. They had to go through all the military roadblocks to get to my location because remember, Korea closed up after midnight in those days. I will always remember them. I am so sorry for your family's loss.
Rex Schrader
Retired "Hawk" Technician
US Army

Lowell Bohnert

April 14, 2018

Dear Joanne,
Both Geni (Chin) and I (Lowell) wish to express our condolences on the loss of your late husband, Ernie. May God keep you in mind and lessen your burden of this loss.

Geni and lowell