John Kildow, 94

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John Kildow, 94

Dr. John Kildow was born Jan. 23, 1925, in Deer Lodge, Mont., to George and Alice Kildow. John passed away on Jan. 18, 2020, in Coeur díAlene.

He attended Post Falls High School, Washington State College, Whitman College and Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Mo. He practiced surgery in Missoula, Mont., from 1955 to 1972, and in El Centro, Calif., from 1972 until 1975. He served as a physician at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash., from 1982 until retirement in 2010.

His military service included the Navy during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War and again from 1975 until 1979.

He was baptized at age 13 as a member of the Presbyterian Church, in Post Falls.

The pressures and demands of professional life gave little time for family bonding. In later years, viewing the character and accomplishments of his children and their families made him realize how fortunate he was despite the lack of time he had to share with them.

His relationship with God was very personal. Because of forgiveness, he looked for eternal life through the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He understood the sorrow of those who mourn his passing, for they are the ones who suffer most.

John is survived by his wife, Martha; children Linda Johnson, Mark Kildow, Sylvia Kildow, Aleta Kantor and Jennifer Sinnema; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for John will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at Yates Funeral Chapel, 744 N. Fourth St., Coeur díAlene, ID 83814.

Please visit Dr. Johnís online memorial at

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