Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the November 19, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Norman Kilgore

Norman Edward Kilgore, a recipient of the papal honor “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” (For the Church and the Pontiff) in 1972, died Oct. 16. He was 90 years old.

The vigil was Sunday, Oct. 25, at Heritage Funeral Home in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Burial was at Riverside Memorial Park, Spokane.

He was born May 24, 1925, the only child of Edward Samuel Kilgore and Bessie Lela Wolcott. He grew up in the Spokane Valley.

He was married for 27 years to Dorothy Rongren Warren. In 1983 he married Loretta Franklin; they were married for 33 years.

He served in the Navy during World War II, and after his military service earned a degree in journalism from Gonzaga University. Years later he returned to GU to earn his MBA degree.

He held several positions at the Spokesman-Review/Spokane Chronicle newspapers. He retired from the newspaper business in 1984 and began teaching at Spokane Community College.

Kilgore was awarded the papal medal in particular for his service to Catholic Charities Spokane. He served as lay chairman of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors. Initial work during his tenure led to four Catholic Charities-sponsored housing facilities for the elderly: The Delaney, Fahy West, Fahy Gardens, and Cathedral Plaza.

According to a 1972 article in the Inland Register, Kilgore also was instrumental in the founding of St. Margaret Hall, and was a charter member of its Board of Directors; served as a Board member of what was then St. Anne Infant Home; and assisted in developing dePorres Manor Maternity Home.

During the 1950s he was among the journalists who volunteered their skills to help produce the Inland Register which, at that time, had a writing staff consisting of one priest.

He is survived by children: Kevin (Dianna), Mary Kivle (Jack), Mike (Cathy), Megan Neill (Tom; Seattle), Jeff (Julie), Jenny (Brian), and Matt (Peggy Sue); by two step-children, Rhonda Johnson (Allen) and Doug Franklin (Teresa); 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy Kilgore, in 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Spokane, 12 E. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202, or another charity.

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