As a young man, Glenn was in the CCC and later served with the Navy in WWII in the South Pacific. Although he had little formal education, he was a life long learner. Through the years he worked at or owned restaurants and grocery stores in the Kennett area. In 1968 he became an Agent for National Trust Life Insurance Co. and worked there until he retired in 1984.
He was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church of Kennett and also served as the church training director for a time. His family remembers his love of and kindness to all manner of farm animals. His hobby was raising and selling poultry.
Glenn L. Kilburn is survived by his wife of 59 years, Vernice Hall Kilburn, and five children and spouses: Glenn H. Kilburn of Nashville, Tenn., Karen and Darrell Wells of Forsyth, Mo., Janis Swift of Kennett, Mo., Deborah and Charles Tohlen of Keller, Texas and Melinda and Bill Schmidt of Arnold, Mo.
Twelve grandchildren: Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Wayne and Jennifer Wells, of Yakama, Wash., Darren and Brenda Wells, Matthew Wells, Samuel Wells and Timothy Wells, of Jefferson City, Mo., John Swift, and Stephen Swift, of Kennett, Mo., Brett and Jennifer Tohlen, of Fort Worth, Texas, Meredith Tohlen, of Dallas, Texas and Alison Tohlen, of Keller, Texas, Anthony Kilburn and Tyler Schmidt, of Arnold, Mo., as well as two step-grandchildren, Sean and Natacia Schmidt, of Arnold, Mo.
Six great-grandchildren: Zachary Wells, of Yakama, Wash., Nataleigh Wells, of Jefferson City, Mo., Keeley Swift, of Kennett, Kayla Swift, of Collinsville, Al., Jeremy Swift, of Kennett and Elise Tohlen of Fort Worth, Texas.
Two brothers: Carroll Kilburn, of Lemay, Mo., and James Kilburn, of Sullivan, Mo. Three sisters: Marie Lynch, of Edwardsville, Ill., Quida Chapman, of St. Louis, Mo., and Cleta Seagraves, Ill. Two half-brothers: Dennis Kilburn, of Michigan and Steve Kilburn, of Florida. Two half-sisters: Martha Jones and Connie Uptegron, of Michigan.
Visitation will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 4, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James R. Hall and Ed Jansson officiating.
Burial will follow at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.
Pallbearers are John Swift, Stephen Swift, Darren and Wayne Wells, Timothy Wells, Brett Tohlen and Anthony Kilburn.
Honorary pallbearers are Meredith Tohlen, Alison Tohlen, Keeley Swift, Jeremy Swift, Jack Loyd and Sam and Matt Wells.