Frederick Earl Kilstrom


December 4, 2017

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Frederick Earl Kilstrom

Frederick Earl Kilstrom, 88, of Penrose, went to be with Jesus Christ to his prepared heavenly home, Nov. 29, 2017.

The son of the late Elmer Kilstrom and Reba Orr Kilstrom, he was born in Chicago, Ill. His grandparents, Sven and Matilda Kilstrom, came from Sweden and settled in the Chicago area. Grandparents, Ben and Augusta Orr, were residents of Henderson County. His parents moved to Henderson County in 1930 and in the mid 40s, moved to the Little River community.

He graduated from Brevard High School in 1948 and attended Berry College in Rome, Ga. and studied agriculture. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

In 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret George, who loved him dearly. In 1956 he began work at Ecusta and retired in 1992. He was a lab technician in the research department.

A faithful member of Little River Baptist Church, he led the music ministry for many years and directed the church choir for 43 years. For several years he was the Royal Ambassador leader. He taught the adult men's Sunday school class for many years and was given the honor of Deacon Emeritus.

He was also active in the Transylvania County Baptist Association, serving as music director (1965-1973). He served on nine committees (two or three years each). He helped organize KOALA (Keeping Older Adults Living Abundantly), serving as treasurer for many years.

County government was of interest to him. He served as county commissioner from 1980-1988 (chairman 1984-88).

He was active in the Little River Community Club and was treasurer for many years. After retirement, he was a volunteer for 25 years at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, being with his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sitting on the front porch with his wife, Margaret.

Following in his footsteps to cherish his memory, he leaves behind his beloved wife of 63 years and two sons, Rev. Tim Kilstrom and his wife, Vicki, of Grand Island, Neb. and Eric Kilstrom and wife, Susan, of Penrose.

He is survived by five grandchildren, Mica Olinghouse (Jeff), of Tulsa, Okla., Ryann Kneeshaw (Ben), of Lunenburg, Mass., Tori Garcia (Thomas), of Tulsa, Ashley Kilstrom (Heather), of Fletcher, Frederick Larson Kilstrom, of Waynesville and Ashley and Larson's mother, Pam Kilstrom; also many great-grandchildren; seven nieces and one nephew; and a sister-in-law, Betty G. McCrary, of Brevard.

His brother, Harry and sister, Grace, preceded him in death.

A celebration of his life was held Dec. 2, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Little River Baptist Church, 51 Little River Church Road.

Burial was in the church cemetery following services. The family received friends in the church fellowship hall from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Little River Baptist Church, in honor of Fred Kilstom, to be used for educational expenses for Associate Pastor Marc Reynolds, as he begins his seminary education.

From the words of John as he quotes Jesus in John 14:1-4, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know."

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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