Winfield Kilgore

Winfield Kilgore, 89, Altoona, died Monday at Altoona Regional.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Winfield S. and Katherine (Miller) Kilgore. He married Elaine Smith on Feb. 18, 1956, at First Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters: Jean Cupp (William) and Nancy Bergstein (Dave), both of Altoona, and Kathy “Kooey” Kilgore of Hollidaysburg; six grandchildren: Kasey Porter, Nicholas Holsinger, Kelley Holsinger, Adam Bergstein, Seth Bergstein and Matthew Cupp; four great-grandchildren: Braeden Porter, Zachary Porter, Samantha Holsinger and Leah Bergstein; a brother, Thomas of Fargo, N.D.; a sister, Margaret Kintigh of Springfield, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Gaberman.

Winfield was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School and a 1947 graduate of Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in science. In 1971, he received a master’s degree in labor relations from St. Francis College. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WWII, serving as a radio operator with the 438th Bomb Group of the 815th Bomb Squadron. He flew 50 missions and achieved the rank of technical sergeant. He retired in 1985 as an electrical engineer from Phillips in Seneca Falls, N.Y., after 38 years of service.

Winfield was a former member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of Park Hills Country Club. He was an avid Penn State sports fan, and he enjoyed golf, tennis, gardening and reading.

Friends will be received from noon to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. in Stevens Memorial Chapel by Kathleen Myers. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, in Winfield’s memory.