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Michael James Kilpatrick, 62

Michael James Kilpatrick, 62, of Norfork Arkansas passed away November 19, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife and kids.  He was born on October 18,1958 in Joliet, Illinois to Robert and Yvonne Kilpatrick (Scaman).  Mike was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years Susan Kilpatrick (Henson), daughter Leslie Hernandez  (Jerry), granddaughters Ryean Rincon (Jose), Stephanie Hernandez and grandson Jerry Michael; three great- grandchildren TerriAnna Sedberry, Zariah Rincon and Jayden Hernandez of Venus, Texas; brother Matt Kilpatrick (Joann) of Westmont, Illinois and sister Mari Ruegsegger (Fred) of Norfork, Arkansas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Though Mike was born in Illinois and raised in Morris, he considered Texas his home.  Mike worked for Mid America of Texas for over 25 years.  He moved to Norfork Arkansas in January 2019.  He loved to trout fish on the White River and could be found most days putting his boat in at Red’s Landing. Every morning Mike walked with Bristol, his four-legged best friend.  All she had to see was him get up from his chair and go to get his shoes, and she would get so excited, cry and “talk” to him.  He also loved to play golf and could fix or build most anything.  Everything he made was made to withstand the test of time.  He loved fast cars and was known to have a lead foot like his mother.  He taught his daughter and two granddaughters how to “pitch it sideways”. Mike taught Jerry Michael how to split wood and shared his love of fishing with him.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Dave Button Posted November 30, 2020 6:52 PM

    Susan and family,
    I’m very sorry to see that Mike passed away, please accept my deepest sympathies.
    Sincerely, Dave Button

  • Teresa Posted December 1, 2020 9:25 AM

    Deep sympathy for your loss.

  • Mark Stefanik Posted December 1, 2020 3:51 PM

    Susan and Leslie,

    There are no words that can help right now…
    Man I am going to miss him…he was my brother and my friend. I will always remember Mikey…

  • Terri Watkins Posted December 1, 2020 11:36 PM

    Susan, I was sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I know I hadn’t seen ya’ll in along time but he was a great guy. You will have many years to look back on.

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