In memory of
Joseph E. McKillip
In memory of
Joseph E. McKillip
GALESBURG - Joseph E. McKillip, 92, Galesburg, died peacefully at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Joseph was born Oct. 15, 1927, to Paul W. and Mary C. (O'Brien) McKillip. On May 5, 1956, he married Fannie Lewis at St. Patrick's Church in Galesburg. He graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1945, where he was class valedictorian. He also played on the football team. After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged. He spent 43 years working in the retail grocery business. He began with Benner Tea Co. The store was acquired by Giant Foods and later became Econo Foods. He truly enjoyed his work as well as greeting and helping customers. Joseph was widely known by the students of Silas Willard Elementary School as the man who passed out apples during the school's annual Halloween parade around the block and past the store. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Robert, William and Richard; daughter, Mary E. Watson; and daughter-in-law, Rachael McKillip. He is survived by his wife; son-in-law, Keith (Amy) Watson of Fredericksburg, Texas; son, Francis McKillip, Galesburg; daughter, Theresa (Michael) Yoerger, Spokane, Washington; and son, Patrick (Laura) McKillip, Davenport, Iowa. Also surviving are grandchildren, Christopher and Brenda Watson, Greg (Marissa), Joel and Brian McKillip, Ashely Yoerger, Kristi Lewis, Ann (Brian) Kingsbury and Scott McKillip. Graveside services for family and friends will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020, at St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg. No visitation is planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to the OAKS Senior Center, 176 N. Farnham St., Galesburg, IL 61401, or the OSF Healthcare Foundation, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637.
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In memory of
Joseph E. McKillip
GALESBURG - Joseph E. McKillip, 92, Galesburg, died peacefully at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Joseph was born Oct. 15, 1927, to Paul W. and Mary C. (O'Brien) McKillip. On May 5, 1956, he married Fannie Lewis at St. Patrick's Church in Galesburg. He graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1945, where he was class valedictorian. He also played on the football team. After high school graduation he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was honorably discharged. He spent 43 years working in the retail grocery business. He began with Benner Tea Co. The store was acquired by Giant Foods and later became Econo Foods. He truly enjoyed his work as well as greeting and helping customers. Joseph was widely known by the students of Silas Willard Elementary School as the man who passed out apples during the school's annual Halloween parade around the block and past the store. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Robert, William and Richard; daughter, Mary E. Watson; and daughter-in-law, Rachael McKillip. He is survived by his wife; son-in-law, Keith (Amy) Watson of Fredericksburg, Texas; son, Francis McKillip, Galesburg; daughter, Theresa (Michael) Yoerger, Spokane, Washington; and son, Patrick (Laura) McKillip, Davenport, Iowa. Also surviving are grandchildren, Christopher and Brenda Watson, Greg (Marissa), Joel and Brian McKillip, Ashely Yoerger, Kristi Lewis, Ann (Brian) Kingsbury and Scott McKillip. Graveside services for family and friends will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020, at St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg. No visitation is planned. Arrangements have been entrusted to Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to the OAKS Senior Center, 176 N. Farnham St., Galesburg, IL 61401, or the OSF Healthcare Foundation, 530 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61637.
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Galesburg, IL 61401
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