April 23, 1939 ~ August 30, 2017
Arlo Kilpatrick passed away on August 30, 2017. He was born in Portland, Oregon on April 23, 1939, but was proudly raised in Vancouver, Washington and lived there for all his 78 years.
He leaves behind his childhood sweetheart, and wife of 55 years, Joyce Kilpatrick. There was nary a day that went by that Arlo didn't tell Joyce how much he loved her. They were fantastic partners in life as well as best friends.
One of their favorite pastimes was traveling together, especially to locations on or near water. Montana and Hawaii were two of their favorite destinations. They could always be found fly fishing or lounging by the ocean. One of the things Joyce will miss most is looking into Arlo's eyes. They always twinkled.
Arlo is also survived, and dearly loved, by his nephew, Zack Lahy; and brother-in-law, Richard Lahy.
He was preceded in death by his son, Scott Kilpatrick; sister-in-law, Betty Lahy; and parents, Arlo and Helen Kilpatrick.
Neighbors and friends remember Arlo fondly from his younger years. He and those close to him spent many afternoons having fun, lively philosophical discussions. They were determined to change the world. Arlo appreciated nature and was an avid skier and hiker. Those activities were enjoyed even more if he could get there via a fast, cool car. Those fortunate enough to know Arlo
will never forget his infectious spirit, immense
kindness, and wonderful sense of humor.
He was a mentor to people of all ages and had the ability to make everyone around him feel loved.
One of the many ways Arlo liked to show his love was through cooking. Arlo could often be found playing chef at home for family and friends or grilling "the best hamburger" for staff and volunteers at YWCA Clark County. He was frequently described as a gentlemen's gentleman.
Arlo worked for Burgerville for 35 years and was instrumental in the early success of the restaurant chain. He helped create an empowering and positive work culture that still exists today. Burgerville's founder, George Propstra, said Arlo was "as responsible for Burgerville's success as I am."
A private celebration of life will be held for family and friends.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Ray Hickey Hospice House and YWCA Clark County. ~ Arlo, you will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. ~
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Published by The Columbian on Sep. 17, 2017.