Jerry Kill

Jerry Kill, formerly of Poway, CA, passed away in Mint Hill, North Carolina, on March 26, 2024.

Jerry was born July 30, 1940, in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Louis and Louise Eggerson Kill. A 1958 graduate of Quincy High School, he graduated from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, now Truman University, Kirksville, Missouri in 1963. While there, he played on the college tennis team.

He and his wife, Phyllis Morris Kill of Warsaw, Illinois, married August 31, 1963, at Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ in Quincy. She survives him, along with daughters Kristin Dunn of Escondido, CA and Carrie Holiday of Matthews, NC. He is also survived by a cousin, Dennis Williams of Quincy, nieces Leanne (Steve) Schutte, Amy (Rick) Jones, nephews Mark (Becky) Sowers, Dave (Patty) Sowers, Richard Sowers, Mike (Kelly) Parkin, Ora (Lena) Parkin and their families. He is predeceased by his parents, and sister and brother-in-law Carol and Don Schuering, all of Quincy, Illinois.

After his marriage and move to Peoria, Illinois, Jerry was employed for many years at Caterpillar Tractor Company in the finance department. After he and his family moved to the San Diego area in 1987, he was employed for the remainder of his working career by TISCOR, a software company. While at TISCOR, he traveled to nearly every state conducting training sessions on software programs. He also traveled outside the country on several occasions.

Jerry attended Maranatha Chapel in San Diego for many years, played golf and enjoyed life after retirement until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2017. He and his wife moved to Mint Hill, NC in 2022. He passed away in memory care at Cadence Senior Living at Mint Hill, NC. His family wishes to thank the caregivers and staff who, always with kindness, dignity and respect, took care of him during his nearly two-year stay at the facility. The family is also appreciative of Jerry’s Hospice team who, along with Cadence caregivers, provided support during his final months. At his request, he will be buried in Quincy. A graveside service will be held at Greenmount Cemetery on April 8, 2024 at 1:30 pm.

A donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association if so desired.


  1. Julie Young on April 2, 2024 at 2:30 pm

    Sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Phyllis and the family with the passing of a true gentleman. Jerry was part of the Phyllis and Jerry team who together blessed our office with their kindness and goodwill and an annual decorating of our lobbies with the most incredible and fantastic holiday decor imaginable. Jerry was always kind, thoughtful and considerate. He always gave the best greetings and he had a quiet, but sweet sense of humor. I will miss him and am so pleased that I was able to spend so many great occasions with he and Phyllis together. Rest in Peace good man.

  2. Kent Stickler on April 3, 2024 at 6:23 am

    I lived immediately next door to Jerry…our two houses were about 20 feet apart. So, from grade school through high school we were extra good “buddies.” Jerry was a really good guy, He was humble, smart and gracious. When around him he always wanted to know about you never bragging on himself. I was saddened to hear of his Alzheimer’s a couple years ago and now saddened again. He was a man of faith so I’ll see him again someday, in Heaven, healthy and happy.

  3. Dennis Williams on April 3, 2024 at 9:15 am

    Jerry is my dear first cousin. We grew up together in Quincy and graduated from QHS IN 1958. After Jerry married Phyllis, they moved to California, fulfilling his life time dream. Jerry developed Alzheimer’s disease which effectively ended his productive life. Jerry now returns to his native city where he will rest eternally in peace.

  4. Dick & Pat Wentura on April 3, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    Dear Phyllis and the rest of Jerry’s family,
    Jerry was our classmate in the Quincy High School class of 1958. He was an intricate member of our great class. We remember him well and were shocked many years ago when we were still in the new car business and we were at a new car showing in southern California….San Diego to be exact. We had been watching people flying kites near the water and turned around and there stood Jerry. Talk about amazing! Jerry and Phyllis attended one of our class reunions, the 55th one in September of 2013. Thinking of you and remembering Jerry.
    as ever,
    Dick & Pat (dicks) Wentura
    Quincy, IL

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