Celebration of Life Visitation for Cloyd Kilpatrick Jr., 91 of Neligh will be 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Neligh Senior Center in Neligh. A revolving slide show of Cloyd’s live will be shown. Attendees will be invited to provide stories and experiences they have had with Cloyd at 3:00 p.m. Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Cloyd passed away August 16, 2019 at his home.
Cloyd Kilpatrick Jr. was born March 5, 1928 to Cloyd and Hope (Waddington) Kilpatrick at their family farm south of Burnswick. He rode his horse or bike to a one room country school just north of the farm and later graduated from Neligh High School. He courted bride- to-be, JoAnn Ruth Reuss, in his Aeronca (tail number NC-3884E) two-seater airplane. They were united in marriage on March 24, 1950 in Lincoln, Nebr. They moved into a small trailer house next to Cloyd’s folks and continued to work the family farm until his death.
Cloyd’s passions and hobbies focused on the outdoors where he liked to hunt and fish. He also loved to reload shells for his many friends. However, his favorite passion was flying. At 20 years of age he sold a pickup load of hogs for $1,500 and purchased his little yellow fabric-wrapped two-seater plane. The next year, at age 21, he helped the military and local government during the terrible winter of 1948-49. He flew groceries, medical supplies, coal and other necessities to many stranded people. In addition, he flew people in medical need to the hospitals. He had many adventures, but this was his favorite.
In addition to being a successful farmer, Cloyd was known for his teasing, joking and sense of humor. That coupled with his contagious smile and a sparkle in his eye resulted in a long list of genuine friends. Those friendships helped fulfill and enrich Cloyd’s life. The family thanks you.
Cloyd is survived by wife, JoAnn Kilpatrick; two sons, Jim Kilpatrick of Brunswick, NE, Steve Kilpatrick of Jackson, WY; sister Elaine (Wayne) Olmsted of Valentine, grandchildren Jennifer (Nick) Scribner of Lander, Wy., Stephanie (Brian) Oland of Lander WY, Josh (Kelli) Kilpatrick of Etna, WY; and 6 great grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by his parents.