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Terrence Joseph ‘Terry’ Killday | 83 | Winchester

Terrence Joseph “Terry” Killday, 83, of Winchester, IL, answered his last trouble call and walked his last line on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Terry peacefully left this world surrounded by the love of his family at his home. He was born on Feb. 18, 1939, the son of Robert D. Killday and Esther Witherow Killday of Edina, MO. Terry graduated from Edina High School in 1957. He married Carol Ann McMahon on Feb. 9, 1963 in Edina, Mo. and she survives.
Terry attended the University of Missouri. Terry’s love and talent for the power lineman industry began with electrical/lineman contractors across the United States. He started working at Northeast Power in Palmyra, MO in 1971. He worked for WIPCO of Jacksonville, later as Soyland Power, and retired from Prairie Power as Superintendent of Operations after 57 years of service. Terry and his brothers Bob, Dennis, and Danny Mike serviced the Line Department for the City of Kahoka, MO for many years. They also worked throughout the state of Missouri as line contractors, and natural disaster restoration. Known for giving young power lineman a start in the industry and mentoring the careers of many, Terry was inducted into the International Lineman’s Hall of Fame in April of 2015  where ceremony organizers acknowledged him as a member of the First Family of Lineman.
Terry’s love for God and his fellow man was strongly encouraged by him to his family and those around him. He could be seen helping a friend or even changing lights in a line truck with his sons at various athletic fields around the community. He loved spending time with his family at the family farm, fishing at the pond or just having a chat and a cold drink. His extended family of brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, in the Edina, MO and the Minnesota area were very important to him. He enjoyed keeping a “close eye” on all of them.  He loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren serving as Master of Ceremonies, Papa-in-charge and distributor of the ear plugs before the July 4th  family celebration.
Terry was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church of Winchester, Lions Club, Moose Club of Jacksonville, and Knights of Columbus.
Terry, husband, father, papa, great-papa, brother, uncle, and friend, will be remembered by his wife, Carol Ann of Winchester; Christine (Carl) of Chapin; John (Crystal) of Jefferson City, MO; Joe (Donna) of Pittsfield; Jamie (Shannon) of Winchester; Kathie (Drew) of Mankato, MN; Kimie (Adam) of Peoria; and Jason (Stephanie) of Kirksville, MO. Grandchildren: Courtney (Blaine) Toebben and Carson Killday of MO; Kayla Killday and Brooke Killday of Springfield; Sam Killday of Arizona; Joyce Killday of Winchester; Megan (Max) Rykus of MN; Derek Helms of WY; Hanna Helms of MN; MaKenna, Matthew, and Emme Crews of Peoria; and Taylor and Trey (TJ) Killday of MO. Great Grandchildren: Kamden and Parker Toebben and Ruby Rykhus.
Surviving siblings include; Betty (Jim) Bruegenhemke of O’Fallon, MO; Bill (Dorothy) Killday of Edina, MO; Danny Mike of Holts Summit, MO; and Dennis (Linda) Killday of Russellville, MO; Mary Carol (Mike) Early of Kirksville.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rob and Esther Killday; brother Bob Killday and sister-in-law Carolyn Killday
The family wishes to send a special message to the amazing staff at Home Instead and Cedarhurst Senior Living of Jacksonville; White Hall Rehabilitation Nursing, and Cass-schyler  Hospice of Virginia for the love they showed our dad and the support they gave our family. They showed us that there are truly angels in this world.
A mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 5, 2022 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Winchester. Burial was in St. Marks Cemetery. A visitation was held on Sunday from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Coonrod Funeral Home in Winchester, where a rosary service will be held.
Following the funeral mass Monday, a celebration of Terry’s life and reception with the family will be held at the Winchester EMS Building.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Fallen Linemen Organization or Winchester EMS.

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