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Kenneth Killilea passed away peacefully on April 8, 2016.

On December 8, 1941, Ken enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. As a machine gunner and squad leader assigned to the Fourth Marine Division, he participated in five “first wave assaults” in the Pacific on the islands of Roi, Namour, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima where he was seriously wounded, for which he received the Purple Heart. Ken’s service as a Marine shaped his identity for the balance of his life.

He and his wife, Marilyn (West), were married on September 9, 1945.

Ken was employed by Nissen Baking Co.

He and Marilyn later moved to Vermont to manage Notch Brook Resort in Stowe. In 1982, they moved to Florida.

Ken was an avid tennis player and golfer.

Ken was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn. He is survived by his children, Richard Killilea and his wife, Marsha; Kevin Killilea and his wife, Anne; Karen Sarfde and her husband, David; Laurie Killilea, and Jan Killilea; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and sister, Dottie Bartemus.

Private family services will be held this summer.
Published on  April 21, 2016
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