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Stephen Hamilton Kiblinger
July 2, 1936 ~ September 4, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Stephen Hamilton Kiblinger, of Dulzura, California, died at age 87 on September 4, 2023. Steve was born and grew up in Flint, Michigan; his parents were Carol and John Kiblinger. His wife of 43 years, Georgene, preceded him in death in 2013. Stephen is survived by Georgene’s children and by his siblings David Kiblinger (Anne) and Katherine Gottschalk (John L. Paul) and their families and by the family of his late sister Carolyn Mandel (Maurice). Stephen graduated from Shimer College on a Ford Foundation Full Tuition Scholarship; he also completed many IBM and Control Data programs. During his time in the army, he received a commendation for his work improving the payroll system. In subsequent years Steve was a much-valued employee of the payroll companies Ceridian and Master Payroll. For three years, Stephen had built homes in California with his brother David, and much later in life he oversaw the construction of a “tiny house” on “Perched Rock Ranch,” his Dulzura home. From childhood, Stephen was passionate about aviation; his siblings looked on with awe at the model airplanes he constructed, some of which flew! Stephen became a pilot (nephews still remember with excitement their flight with him in a single engine propeller plane), and eventually with his good friend Stan Levin he built and flew his own ultralight, a Milholland Legal Eagle. He cherished the friends with whom he shared this lifelong interest. Stephen will be sorely missed by all who loved this generous, caring soul.