Richard Edwin "Poncho" Kilmer, age 64, of Parish, N.Y., passed away peacefully on September 10, 2012, at the Syracuse VA Hospital, Syracuse. A native of Johnstown, Richard moved to Parish in 1979 to his beloved farm. He was a 1966 graduate of Johnstown High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1971 and proudly served his country in Vietnam. He received an associate degree from Fulton-Montgomery Community College in 1974 and worked for G.E. and several companies in the Syracuse region.
"Poncho" was a lover of the outdoors, and a lifelong weightlifting and bodybuilding enthusiast, competing in both powerlifting and body building competitions over many years. He followed a rigorous daily training regimen as long as he was physically able. He truly loved his life as a part time farmer, right up to the end spending every hour planting, growing and clearing his land. A very patriotic person, not a day went by when he did not proudly display the U.S. flag.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Gertrude Kilmer.
He is survived by his two sons, Jebadiah and Nathaniel Kilmer; brother, Mark Kilmer; grandchildren, Makenna and Daniel Kilmer; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Service to celebrate his life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown. The Dr. Rev. R.W. Williams will officiate.
Friends and family may call prior to the service from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.