Thomas Kilpatrick

Thomas “Tom” J. Kilpatrick, 81, of rural Palo passed away peacefully Sunday, September 9, 2018 at his home after a six-month battle with cancer. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home, Cedar Rapids. Funeral mass will be conducted by Fr. Dustin Vu Thursday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the mass at the church. Burial will follow the ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Tom was born May 3, 1937 in Waukon to John and Mildred (Mellick) Kilpatrick. He attended rural schools and graduated from Waukon High School in 1955. May 11, 1957, he married Jeanette Magner at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in West Ridge. He was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church.

Tom came to Cedar Rapids after graduation. He became a carpenter by trade and in 1974 started his own construction business. Tom and Jeanette purchased their farm in rural Palo in 1974 and Tom became a part-time farmer by choice, the job he loved most. Their place quickly became known to all as “The Farm” and was the central hub for many family gatherings and celebrations.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Jeanette; and his seven devoted children, Kent (Chris) Kilpatrick, LeAnn (Gary) Drew, Tim (Lisa) Kilpatrick, Mark Kilpatrick (Jayne Recker), Katie (Matt) Lawler, Sheila (Dave) Jellison and Tricia (Doug) Fifield; 10 grandsons; two step-grandsons; nine granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; and his siblings, Ann (Pete) Prentice, Mary Ellen (Walter) Drew, Virginia Cook, Bill Kilpatrick, Dale (Darlene) Kilpatrick, Deryl (Pat) Kilpatrick), Elaine (Chuck) Monnahan and Evelyn (Fred) Sealy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John, Robert and Greg Kilpatrick; his sisters, Lorraine and Linda Kilpatrick; and an infant grandson, Andrew.

Tom loved time with his family, tinkering on his farm, winter trips to Arizona and playing cards. He enjoyed many annual fall trips back to the West Ridge and Waukon with his sons, sons-in-law, nephews and brothers. His kind soul will be so missed and life on “The Farm” will never be the same. The memories will live on forever through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and we are thankful and blessed for our time with him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. John XXIII Catholic Church for the needy. Please share a memory of Tom at under obituaries.

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