Lakewood Funeral Chapel
98 North Dixie Drive
Lake Jackson, TX  77566
Thursday, February 23, 2023
1:00pm - 4:00pm
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Stephen Raymond Kilbourn

of Lake Jackson, TX

January 8, 1984 - February 16, 2023

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Stephen Raymond Kilbourn, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at the age of 39. Lakewood Funeral Home in Lake Jackson is assisting with final arrangements. There will be an informal celebration of life gathering at the Lakewood Funeral Chapel on Thursday, February 23rd from 1-4 pm. A buffet of some of Stephen's favorite foods will be served throughout. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite band T-shirt.

Stephen was born on January 8, 1984 in Bryan, Texas, and moved to the Brazosport area at the age of 4. He graduated from Brazoswood High School in 2002. He was a very talented musician and played the alto saxophone in the symphonic band and the jazz band. He loved marching season, and he also performed with the Winter Guard. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in government, with a minor in philosophy, from the University of Texas in Austin in 2006. He was a member of the Longhorn Band throughout his freshman year. In 2009 he received his law degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, and was a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Stephen loved music, especially rock and roll, and he attended many concerts, with Sammy Hagar being his first. His favorite band was by far Incubus, whom he discovered when his mother chose some random CDs as a gift for him many years ago. He saw them many times in concert, and developed lasting friendships with like-minded fans through Incubus message boards. He most recently saw them on January 31st in Corpus Christi, singing along with them and his family in full enjoyment.

Stephen had a great love for sports. He spent many hours playing basketball for fun. He was an avid football fan, and tremendously enjoyed watching NFL and college football games. He was a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, but like most Cowboys fans, it was a love/hate relationship. He was grateful that he was able to watch the 2023 Super Bowl game.

Stephen also made lasting friendships through World of Warcraft, which he began playing in 2006. He especially liked playing it with his brothers, and continued playing until his diagnosis in April. He rediscovered his love for the game when Classic was released, and continued to play until the neuropathy in his fingers would no longer allow him to. He loved the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and you could bet that he would be there on opening night for each movie. He would scour the internet in search of hidden Easter eggs and theories. He loved watching movies, and enjoyed family movie nights at home with his parents, siblings, nephew, and niece. Stephen was adored by his family and every family gathering, from vacations to simple evenings, were that much more fun because of his wry sense of humor and laughter. He always tried to maintain a positive and optimistic attitude, and he used to sing often.

Stephen loved animals and nature in general. He especially loved horses and wolves. He greatly missed his cat Smokey.

Stephen was dealt a serious blow with his stage 4 cancer diagnosis in April of 2022. He faced it with courage and grit. He endured much over the next ten months, always with an amazing strength and fortitude. He liked his oncologist, the chemo nurses, and all the staff at the Lake Jackson Cancer center very much. They were very fond of him, as well, and appreciated his kindness and positivity, which he exhibited even when he was feeling poorly. As was usual, everyone he engaged with left with a smile.

Stephen was preceded in death by his uncles Royce Herrera Kilbourn and Leopoldo Herrera Kilbourn, grandfather Elmer Sheldon Kilbourn, Sr., great-grandmother Antonia Avila Rodriguez, great-uncle Herschel Kilbourn and his wife Jo Anna, great-aunt Lucy Musquiz, grandfather Jerry Franklin Stephenson, grandparents Elease and Carl La Bonte, and great-uncle Oscar Garcia.

Stephen is survived by his father Everett Scott Kilbourn; mother Laurie Genevieve Kilbourn; brother Jeremy Scott Kilbourn, sister-in-law Mariel Anel Bustamante Kilbourn, nephew Daemon Michael Kilbourn, and niece Alaina Diana Kilbourn; brother Eric Leo Kilbourn; sister Katherine Rhiannon Kilbourn, brother-in-law Samuel Houston Parr, and nieces Sage Genevieve Parr and Savannah Rain Parr; grandparents Victoria Herrera Kilbourn and Juan Gonzalez; grandmother Shirley Fae Stephenson; uncle Tony Brett Kilbourn, aunt Lourdes Kilbourn, cousins Tony Brett Kilbourn, Jr., and Cory Kilbourn; uncle Elmer Sheldon Kilbourn, Jr., aunt Nilda Garza Kilbourn, cousins Arabella Kilbourn and Emma Rose Kilbourn; aunt Janice Gayle Harrell, cousin John Norman, cousin Royce Michael Kilbourn and wife Marie and their children; cousin Anthony Brett (Toby) Perez; aunt Carolyn Colleen Ferguson, uncle Randy Ferguson, cousin Evan James Varnon and his family; cousin Colleen Christine Sloan; aunt Sheree Kathleen Hall, uncle William Hall, and cousins Ashley Nicole Meinen and Reese Henry Hall; great-aunt Nancy Bowery Deen, her husband and family; great-aunt Ann Bowery Davis; great-aunt Katherine Brewer and great-uncle Martin Brewer; cousin Amber Brewer and family; cousin Keely Brewer and her husband.

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5 Condolence(s)
Vincent Perez
Fontana, CA
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Laurie & Scott, It is with a heavy heart as I write this message.
May your wonderful Son, find peace and everlasting life in the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. I was saddened to hear of his sudden passing after I became aware of his courageous fight. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Scott & Laurie my sincere condolences to the loss of your Beautiful Son. I know there aren't enough words to express my thoughts & feelings for what you are going thru. Stephen had the Best Parents and had a great future which, he is now up in Heaven helping God deal with with what's going on here on Earth. Stephen will be there watching over us all.

Love you guys,

Andrea Luna
Corpus Christi, TX
Monday, February 20, 2023

So sorry to hear about this loss. We will be praying for all those who held him close to the heart. I am sure he was loved by many. May he rest in peace.

Craig Sloan
Providence, RI
Saturday, February 18, 2023

I was so saddened to hear of Stephen's passing. I'll always remember his young boy's enjoyment of all that life had to offer and his passage into being the young man that his brothers and sister looked up to, and that his parents could point to with pride. All who knew him are better people for just that, for having known him.
My best to Scott and Laurie and all members of the family as you navigate through this difficult time.
Love to all, Craig

Jan Kilbourn Harrell
Houston, TX
Friday, February 17, 2023

My deepest condolences to all the Kilbourn Family '🙏.