Thomas Edward Kilborn

March 2, 2010

By Contributor

Thomas Kilborn

Thomas Edward Kilborn, a former longtime resident of Issaquah, died at home in Maple Valley on Feb. 27. He was 86.Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. March 6 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1100 Sixth Ave. S.E., Issaquah. A visitation for family and friends will be held in the Relief Society room at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at 10 a.m. March 8 at Tahoma National Cemetery.

Thomas was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, to James Wilfred Kilborn and Bernice Rowsome Kilborn. He was raised in Felts Mills, N.Y., and graduated from Felts Mills High School.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a turret gunner in the Pacific arena during World War II. On June 28, 1946 he married Lorraine Peterson in Copperton, Utah. They returned to Potsdam, N.Y., and while Thomas attended Clarkson College, Lorraine worked as an RN at the local hospital. Shortly after he graduated in June 1949, they moved to Seattle to begin Thomas’ 35-year career at The Boeing Co. as a mechanical engineer. In 1967, the family moved to Issaquah, where he lived until 2006.

Thomas enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling, and working around his house and yard. Thomas loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lorraine; children Cynthia and Craig Bunn, of Corona, Calif., Peggy and Scott Campbell, of Maple Valley, Thomas and Kathy Kilborn, of Issaquah, and Jon and Mary Kilborn, of Perris, Calif.; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, John Kilborn, of Williamstown, N.J., and sister Mayme Marie Severs of Waldwick, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Bernice Kilborn.

Funeral arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home.

Friends are invited to view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at

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