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Nathan Marl Kilgore


Nathan Marl Kilgore was born on Dec. 20, 1930, in Simms, Mont. He passed on Jan. 12, 2022, at his home in Mansfield, with many loved ones by his side. In his young life, Nathan and his family moved many times to many different places mostly out west. He served in the Navy three years. After his time in the service, he settled with his parents and siblings near Mansfield on South Range Ranch in 1957. Nathan married Berna on July 16, 1971, and they had six children together. He was also blessed with five children from his first marriage. Over the course of his life, he was always eager to learn. He became experienced in many things such as electrical work, plumbing, logging, truck driving and farming. He loved to read; he always had multiple books that he was reading. He loved history and learning new things. Nathan was a devoted husband, father and friend. The most important thing we wanted to share with other people was his love for Jesus Christ. He strived to serve Jesus Christ in everything he did. He always tried to seek the Lord’s guidance. He was always patient and kind. We are sad to have him leave us, but we know that heaven gained a faithful servant.

Besides his parents, Nathan was preceded in death by his brother, Barton Kilgore; sisters, Garnet Spear, Helen Kilgore and Zella Kilgore; and two sons-in-law, Jim Gilbert and Pete Dannen. He is survived by his wife, Berna, of the home; five sons, Erik Somirs (Rachel), of Lone Lane; Scott Somirs (Rosana), of Brazil; Lasha Kilgore (Michell), of Ava; Orvin Kilgore (Amy), of Seymour; and Right Kilgore (Jesse), of Mansfield; six daughters, Audrey Somirs, of Knoxville, Tenn.; Daisy Gilbert, of Sutherlin, Ore.; Cathie Clarno (Robert), of Orem, Utah; Joelin Elliott (Paul), of Mansfield; Questel Dannen, of Mansfield; and Chana Kutz (Cole), of Ava; 40 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; five brothers, Douglas Kilgore (Jeanette), of Ava; David Kilgore (JoAnn), of Seymour; Dan Kilgore (Susan), of Washington; Victor Kilgore (Lois), of Ava; and Harry Kilgore (Dixie), of Mansfield; and sister, Barbara Lehmann (Jonathan), of Mansfield. Visitation for Nathan Kilgore was held Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home – Mansfield. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home – Mansfield. Bruce Cain and Delan Rawlings officiated the service. Song selections were “Amazing Grace” and “It Is Well With My Soul.” Lasha Kilgore, Orvin Kilgore, Right Kilgore, Autis Elliott, Joseph Elliott and Nicholas Elliott served as pallbearers. Burial was in South Range Ranch Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home – Mansfield. Online condolences: www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.