In Memoriam: Rodney Weston Kilcup (Feb. 11, 1937 – April 21, 2021)

May 2021 Posted in Obituary
Kilcup, Rodney

Rodney Kilcup

Rodney Weston Kilcup of Silverton succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on April 21, 2021. He died in peace and at home, surrounded by the love of his family. He is dearly missed by those whose lives he touched.

Rodney was born in Hoquiam, Washington in 1937 to Horace and Winnifred Kilcup.

He studied history at the University of Washington – the first in his family to pursue higher education. He later earned a PhD in history at Harvard University and began a career as a history professor serving at universities including the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame.

He later served as dean at Kentucky State University and provost at Alaska Pacific and Chaminade universities.

Rodney is survived by Jodi Kilcup, his loving wife of 41 years, who cared for him until the end; his children Greg Kilcup, Kate Marsh, and James Kilcup; his grandsons Max Kilcup and Weston Marsh; and his brothers Steve, Larry and Brian Kilcup. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bob.

Rodney’s funeral mass was held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mount Angel on April 29. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Mount Angel Abbey or Willamette Valley Hospice.

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