John Kilkenny Obituary

Jack Kilkenny
John "Jack" Kilkenny

April 30, 1919 - January 21, 2014
Born in St. Joesph, MO
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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John T. "Jack" Kilkenny, 94, died January 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, with burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. Vigil Service, on Thursday, January 23, at Iles Westover Chapel. There will also be another visitation at the church from 10-10:30 a.m. prior to mass on Friday.

Jack was born on April 30, 1919, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to William P. and Mary M. Kilkenny. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. After his service, Jack worked at Wright Welding Supply for 34 years.

Jack met his late wife Barbara E. Wilt in Kansas City, and they were married for 52 years, before she passed away in 1998. They moved to the Des Moines area in 1950, where they raised four children: Tom (Rhonda) Kilkenny, Clive; Barb (Al) Lewerke, Mason City; Charlene (Tim) Thomas, Windsor Heights; and Kevin (Sally) Kilkenny, Granger. Also surviving are grandchildren Amy (Matt) Corwin, Jeff (Carolyn) Kilkenny, Brad Lewerke, Christine (Brandon) Mondt, and Katherine Kilkenny, and great-grandchildren Rachel Kilkenny, and Ellie and Caleb Mondt. Jack was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, granddaughter Sarah Thomas, parents and five sisters.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, or to Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, January 23, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Theresa's Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Friday, January 24, 2014
10:30 AM
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Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Friday, January 24, 2014
11:45 AM
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St. Jude Childen's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105