Le Mars, Iowa – Keith Kilker, 49, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Unity Point Health in Sioux City, Iowa. Funeral services will be Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Rev. Chris Meier will officiate. Masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will start at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the family present from 5-7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. John’s Lutheran Church. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service.
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Keith Alan Kilker was born on May 29, 1971 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Edward and Mae (Lundquist) Kilker. He attended school in Le Mars, graduating from Le Mars Community High School in 1989. During high school, Keith worked at the Fareway Grocery Store. He later worked at Wells Dairy. On April 27, 1990, Keith was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. After a long rehabilitation and many surgeries, Keith was able to return to work and started a longtime career with Hy-Vee Grocery Store.
In his spare time he enjoyed working on, and restoring, John Deere tractors. He also owned a 1973 Monte Carlo and attended car shows in the area with the Tri-State Cruisers. Keith also enjoyed attending auctions, spending time with his family and friends, his cat Boote and watching Iowa Hawkeye games on TV. In December of 2018, Keith was diagnosed with colon cancer. His battle with cancer led to several complications that he fought until his death.
He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Mae Kilker of Le Mars, IA; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Mitzi Cascketta of Phoenix, AZ, Marilyn and Dave Palmer of Le Mars, IA, Kevin and Michele Kilker of Mesa, AZ, Shelly and Steve Eppling of Le Mars, IA; nieces and nephews, Heidi Urbanski, Paula (Josh) Baker, Brett (Chelsea) Cascketta, Bryan Cascketta, Kelli (Jeff Davis) Palmer, Kim (Patrick) Burke, Lori (Luke) Bodeen, Kevin (Jessica) Kilker, Kyle Kilker, Craig (fiancé, Angela) Martfeld and Megan (Corey) Arens; and numerous great-nieces and nephews and a great-great niece.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Edward on February 26, 2013; brother-in-law, Mike Cascketta; and his niece, Kassandra Kilker.