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John G. Kilburn - Year Entered 1965

John G. Kilburn

John was 30 years old when he entered AC: born 1935, entered AC 1965.


Written by Dick Quincer:

I just confirmed, that John Kilburn passed away on September 20TH. He was 84 years old and had been in a wheelchair for a number of years. I talked to him on the phone on a day that he was feeling good several months ago and was able to catch up some. In 50 years,I had hundreds of opportunities and thousands of hours to spend with him whether it was in the swing band, television department, floating the Rogue River, house boating on Lake Shasta or just hanging out with him and his fire department buddies in Drain, Oregon. He was a great guy, very accomplished, and his glass was always half full, No matter the circumstance.

John's son is Shaun and his daughter is Britain

A US Marine, John wished to be buried at the Roseberg, Oregon

Military Cemetery to a 21 gun salute!  Britain said due to fires and Covid-19,

this would most likelybe scheduled for sometime in the month of June, 2021.

Plans to be solidified at a later date.


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10/01/20 01:12 PM #1    

Karen Biedler (Alexander) (1966)

I never spent anywhere near the amount of time with John Kilburn you did, Dick, but I too have very fond memories of him. He and Kaye managed the apartment complex that housed Gary's and my first "home" following our marriage so we were in and out of their place frequenlty. Even more memorable was the time that Gary invited me (before we were married) to go with him on one of the Pasadena AC field trips that he and John were covering for the college newsletter. It was so much fun seeing those two in action together! John, I trust you are off on another great adventure where you will have more opportunites to server as well as to entertain others with your wonderful sense of humor. Bless you dear friend.

11/09/20 04:01 AM #2    

Henry Sturcke (1970)

John, in his direct way, was one of the first to urge me to come to Ambassador College. I was in my senior year at Boston University, majoring in photojournalism, when he and others from Pasadena came to cover the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in late December 1969. Local pastor Fred Kellers suggested I pick up the crew when they flew in and in general make myself available.

After I arrived in Pasadena, John continued in ways big and small to help me fulfill my dream to become useful to the work of the church in its publications. He was a no-nonsense guy, full of drive and good humor. I have fond memories.

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