It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of one of our own, Retired US Border Patrol Agent William Kilgore, Class 440. Agent Kilgore, known to many as “Bill,” departed from this world due to a sudden illness, leaving a void that will be deeply felt by the law enforcement community and beyond.
Bill Kilgore, a seasoned professional, dedicated his life to serving and protecting the nation. Having recently retired on July 29, 2023, after an illustrious career, Bill’s contributions as a K9 Operator in the US Border Patrol Yuma Sector and later in the US Border Patrol Havre Sector have left an enduring impact.
Throughout his career, Bill exemplified the values of dedication, integrity, and courage, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues. His commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s borders made him a stalwart figure in the law enforcement community.
Bill Kilgore’s legacy extends beyond his professional achievements. As a beloved family man, he leaves behind his beautiful wife, Julie, two daughters and two sons. The love and devotion he showed to his family mirrored the same dedication he exhibited in his service to the country. Bill’s impact on his immediate circle, both professionally and personally, will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Bill’s role as a K9 Operator added a unique dimension to his career. The bond between him and his canine partner epitomized the trust and partnership necessary for the success of their missions. His expertise and skill in handling K9 units made him an invaluable asset to the Border Patrol, and his contributions will be remembered as a testament to the effectiveness of this specialized branch of law enforcement.
Agent Kilgore’s passing leaves a void not only in the law enforcement community but also in the lives of those who had the honor of calling him a colleague, friend, or family. The values he embodied – duty, honor, and sacrifice – will serve as a lasting inspiration for all who follow in his footsteps.
Please join in a celebration of his life at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in the Chuckwagon at the Great Northern Fairgrounds in Havre, MT. Attire is casual. Hawaiin shirts and hockey sweaters are encouraged.