Jene Killingsworth

April 30, 1931-April 9, 2019

Jene Killingsworth went to live in the Lord’s house Tuesday, April 9, 2019, just shy of his 88th birthday.

Jene lived most of his life in Missouri, born to Leonard and Alpha Killingsworth on April 30, 1931, in Arcola.

In 1952, he met and married the love of his life, Freda. They managed a Dairy Queen outside of Kansas City as they started their family with the birth of their first child Pamela Jean (Schutten) Killingsworth.

In 1957, they moved to the Pacific Northwest as Jene pursued a career with Boeing building commercial aircraft. The family grew to include a second daughter, Patricia Jo Killingsworth, and was complete with the birth of his beloved son, Alan Wade Killingsworth, in 1962.

Jene brought the family back to Missouri in 1976 to trade in his aircraft tools to flip burgers; purchasing and managing the Trail Drive Inn in Stockton, until it was destroyed in the 2003 tornado.

Jene, aka “Hamburger,” a nickname given to him by his snooker buddies, was a well known figure in Stockton for his outgoing personality, willingness to lend a helping hand, love for his family and friends — even giving them special and endearing nicknames. He loved traveling with the whole family and was blessed to have family that loved to travel together.

Jene took his final journey to be reunited with his daughter Pamela and grandson, Jensen McKae Killingsworth, his parents and siblings who had gone before him.

He is survived by his wife Freda Killingsworth; daughter and son-in-law Patricia Killingsworth and Bob Crews of San Diego, California; son and daughter-in-law Alan and Patti Killingsworth of Fairview, Tennessee; two brothers, Joe Killingsworth of Greenfield and Steve Killingsworth of Nixa; and a large family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jene was laid to rest Saturday, April 13, in the Stockton Cemetery after a family gathering and celebration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the CMH Hospice Program to support and recognize their incredible work and dedication can be made at

Jene will be greatly missed, but we grieve with confidence knowing that he will spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and that we will be with him again. (16c)