JAMES MACLEAN KALUA’AHA
James MacLean Kalua’aha “Kimo” Tilton, 64, peacefully departed for heaven from home early Wednesday morning, August 8, following a month of hospitalization for complications due to cancer.
Born in Honolulu, Jim grew up in Kaneohe, graduating from Castle High School in 1965. He served in the United States Navy for three years and then earned a Federal Aviation Administration Airframe & Powerplant Certification from Northrop Institute of Technology in 1970. His career as an aviation mechanic included employment in Kwajalien, Honolulu and San Francisco. In 1979 he became a building maintenance engineer and in 2008 retired from United Airlines after 21 years of service. However, aircraft mechanic and building engineer became Jim’s avocations as his true vocation and calling emerged: serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in His church as musician and worship leader, board member and officer, small group leader and in countless other ways. Jim blessed many a gathering with his exceptional musical gifts.
Son of John Tilton and Margaret Cobb-Adams Tilton, Jim is survived by his wife Lynn; daughter Lisa Yarrow (Walt); three grandchildren; sister Jonnette Tilton Kapu (Henry, Sr.); nephews Henry Kapu, Jr. (Rana), Shenandoah Kapu (Melissa), Shon Kapu, Alan Watson, Jr., Dwayne Jeremiah, Kalani Lorenzo, William Kalakau IV (Lisa), Damien Kalakau, Herbert “Aina” Kamakeeaina, Jr. (Noi); nieces Paulette Taylor (James), Alana Kamaka Ota, Kawai Kaelberer (Eric), Allie M. Jeremiah, Nona Kalakau- Hatayama, Billie Jon Kalakau, Julie Kalakau, Audrene Kamakeeaina, Jae-Lyn Kamakeeaina and many grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Celebration of Life Friday, August 17, with fellowship time at 9 a.m. and service at 10 a.m. at the home of David & Ann Ayling, 144 Kaimoani Way in Kailua (please park on adjacent streets). Casual attire. Internment to follow at a later date.