Bernard “Ben” Kilps

April 10, 1941
February 1, 2022

Bernard “Ben” Kilps Jr. 80, passed away on February 1, 2022. He was born on April 10, 1941 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Bernard and Mary Kilps.

Ben was a caring soul. In college he chose to study clinical psychology to devote his career to helping others. After finishing his graduate studies in psychotherapy, he was offered a position at Brown County mental health.  He made many great friends in his 28-year career there.

Ben loved the outdoors. Camping, canoeing, fishing, gardening, cross country skiing, and bird watching. He never travelled without binoculars and a bird identification guide. He also loved sports whether playing or spectating. His greatest sport love/obsession of all was golf. He often said, with a wry smile, “Golf is not a matter of life or death. It is far more important.” 

Ben is survived by his children; Spencer and Stacey Kilps; his brother Donald (Kathy) Kilps; his special friend Joline Weathers; and many excellent nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ben’s life will be held in Spring 2022, more details forthcoming. Online condolences may be expressed at