July 9, 1936-Sept. 4, 2019
James Paul (Jimm) Kilmer went home to his Heavenly Father September 4, 2019, which coincidentally was the last Cruise Night of the season, an event for locals to showcase their cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Jimm was born July 9, 1936 in Butte MT to Elsworth and Dorothy Kilmer. It was just Mom, Dad, Jimm and “baby sis” Joyce growing up. He attended Butte schools, graduating from Butte High School. Jimm loved his time in the band, working at the A&W making root beer and of course, spending time with his car club, the Copper City Road Angels. A while after high school the U.S. Army looked good to him and he trained in New Jersey and served in Germany. Jimm fell in love with, as he called it, the Father Land. After his military time Jimm worked several years in the financial industry and always loved telling stories of how much he enjoyed helping families out in tough times, especially the miners in times of strikes. Jimm had a life full of friends that he cherished very deeply. Fred and Suzy Stradinger, Jim (Buck) and Gaye Copenhaver were partners in crime when they put on the West Yellowstone Rod Run. And of course, in his last years his best friend and savior Vicky Struznik, without her who knows what would have happened to him. But, without a doubt, Jimm's greatest love was always the automobile. He was a Ford man through and through with a slight bit left over for the BMW motorcycle. Until most recently he could tell you the exact number of cars that he owned and even when he attained them, it was in the hundreds. A number as amazing as those that will miss him.
The family would like to extend a special thank you Janelle, her husband Aaron, and the staff at the Bee Hive Homes.
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Jimm was preceded in death by his dad and mother, Elsworth “Al” and Dorothy.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Kilmer (her partner Vickie); children, Mitchel (Barb) Kilmer, and Heather (Joe) Copenhaver; stepsons, Bob (Karen) Kilmer, and Jimm (Peggy) Kilmer; and numerous, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday after 5:00 PM in the Duggan Dolan Mortuary Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted at 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association.