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Minard B. Kilbury

1923 - 2019
Minard B. Kilbury Obituary
Minard Barth "Mike" Kilbury, 95, passed away, January 13, 2019. Born in Missouri on December 7, 1923, he was raised in Iowa and moved during high school to California. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 and became crew chief for his Bomber Group stationed in Bari, Italy. After the war he attended USC, graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering and nearly completing a master's degree as well.

At USC he met his first wife, Helen, whom he married in 1949. They had two daughters (in 1953 and 1955) whom they raised in Palos Verdes Estates. Mike and Helen divorced in 1973.

Mike was the president of Kilbury Manufacturing Company, Inc. The heaters they manufactured were invented and patented by Mike's father and were primarily used in greenhouses.

He later met Thelma and they married in 1979. After living in California (Torrance and Coulterville) and Utah (Saint George), Mike and Thelma moved in 1994 to the Masonic Home in Union City. They thoroughly enjoyed living there and made many close friends. Mike volunteered so much that he joked that he was retired until he came to live at the Masonic Home. Mike loved music. He was a fine guitar player and he sang classic folk songs like Red River Valley and The Streets of Laredo.
Sadly, Thelma passed away in 2005. Mike continued living at the Masonic Home, participating in exercise classes every morning as well as various activities (such as bingo and attending music events). Mike and his family are extremely grateful for the wonderful and loving care he received. Mike was known for his warm and cheerful smile that brought joy to those who knew him. He had an uncomplaining and appreciative nature.

Mike will be deeply missed by those who were lucky enough to know him. He is survived by his daughters – Adrienne Hirsch (Gary) and Barbara Tull; grandchildren – Alex and Jeremy Hirsch and Robert Tull; and sister – Glendoris Sargent.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Mar. 12, 2019
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