Larry James Kilby of West Grove

Larry James Kilby, 70, of West Grove, died Sunday, Jan. 24, at Lancaster General Hospital with his family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Linda (Shelton) Kilby with whom he shared almost 46 years of marriage. Born on Oct. 10, 1950, in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Smith and Elsie (Gouge) Kilby.

Larry James Kilby

Mr. Kilby was a graduate of Avon Grove High School in the class of 1968. He proudly served in the United States Air Force. Following his time in the military, he began a career working for Potts Welding and Boiler Repair in Wilmington and later for Bells Welding and Mechanical Repair in Avondale.

In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars and doing other projects with his brother Buster in his garage. He also could be found riding in his ‘38 Chevy Coupe. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people smile. His favorite thing in the world was spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Linda, Mr. Kilby is survived by his children, Amanda G. Blazek, and Michael J Kilby. His son in law John Blazek and daughter in law Adrienne Kilby. His grandchildren; Avery and Nathaniel Blazek and Jackson Kilby. His siblings; Sue Porter and Jerry Kilby. He will also be missed by his brothers-in-law Pete Shelton and Jack Shelton. In addition to his parents, Mr. Kilby is preceded in death by his brother Robert “Buster” Kilby.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square. Arrangements by the Foulk Funeral Home of West Grove; to visit his online memorial, please visit

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