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Charles D. â€śDaveâ€ť Kilgore, 63, of rural Columbia City, died at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was transported earlier in the evening after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born Feb. 9, 1947 in Wolf Lake, a son of Charles K. and Lula (Baker) Kilgore. As a young boy his family moved to Detroit and later moved to Columbia City. He attended Columbia City High School and continued his education at Tri State University in Angola.
On Oct. 23, 1964 he was united in marriage to Margaret J. Walter. They made their home in Columbia City until 1970 when they moved to Coldwater, Mich. In 1972 they returned to make their home in Columbia Township, Whitley County.
He worked for Associated Truck Lines in Fort Wayne later transferring to Coldwater, Mich. A mechanic, he also worked for Century 21 as a realtor.
In 1980 he established Kilgore Manufacturing adding Universal Manufacturing to his company line in 2004.
He was a member of Columbia City Lodge 189 Free & Accepted Masons, Scottish Rite, Mizpah Shrine, Whitley County Shrine Club, Columbia City Moose Lodge, National Rifle Association, National Wild Turkey Association and was awarded Businessman of the Year Award by the Columbia City Area Chamber of Commerce. He also received various other business awards.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Margaret; sons, Dennis A. Kilgore and James A. Haddon, both of Aurora Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Vicky L. Kilgore of Columbia City; two grandchildren, Toby Fralick and Amber (Wayne) Stambaugh; four sisters, Donna Ott of Wolf Lake, Bonita Vanderford of South Whitley, Jane Raynor of South Whitley and Ruth Hatfield of South Whitley; and two brothers, George Kilgore of Churubusco and Hugh Kilgore of Fort Wayne.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother and stepfather, Lula and Bill Bowers; a son, David Kelly Kilgore; and a brother, Darrell Kilgore.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in South Park Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials are to Humane Society of Whitley County.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.