Raymond Kilgo, BSPhEd ’59, passed away Aug. 8, 2022, in Waco with his wife Margaret by his side. He celebrated his 87th birthday July 28, 2022. Raymond wanted to go to heaven to be with Jesus Christ. His wish was to come full circle, born two months early in Waco in 1935 and to die in Waco in 2022. He was dearly loved and will be missed and remembered forever.
Raymond was the first person in his family to receive a college education despite his childhood experiences of being homeless in Waco. In August 1949, everything changed for Raymond when he met Margaret Ann Lang and walked her home one evening. That night was the night that the angels were there, and God surrounded Raymond with love. This one night, Raymond met his future wife and was welcomed into his mother’s home after not being allowed to live with her. Raymond talked about this one night for the rest of his life because it was one of the reasons he loved Jesus Christ and was a deep Christian. This is a story that Raymond wanted in his obituary as an inspiration to others and to see the miracles of our Lord.
Raymond and Margaret Lang were married Dec. 17, 1955, at the First Presbyterian Church in Waco. In 1960, Raymond returned to his alma mater La Vega High School as a teacher and coach for two years. In August 1962, former La Vega Coach Paul Smith was instrumental in getting Raymond a teaching and coaching position in the Galena Park ISD at North Shore Junior High, a school he would spend the next 37 years.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Margaret, of 66 years; his daughter and son-in-law Leigh, B.S. ’82, and Randy Weisinger; and his son and daughter-in-law Rusty and Elizabeth Kilgo. Known as Papa by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, he will be missed by Ashley, Taylor, Sawyer and Duke Leatham, and Kelsey, Todd, Harper and Greer Glaesmann; Morgan Elizabeth Kilgo and fiancé, Andrew Interto; Kyle Raymond Kilgo; Jackson Robert Kilgo; and Reid Carlton Kilgo; sister-in-law Margaret Kilgo Kent; his brother Carlton’s children — his nephews, Dub Kilgo, Perry Kilgo, Randy Kilgo and nieces Vickie Rafferty and Diane Booker; his sister Ruth’s children, Donna Allen and Patti Jackson; and the family of niece Sherry Kelly.