John Kilmer

Mar 12,1937---Sep 03,2020

It is with great sadness that the family of John Kilmer of Albuquerque, NM announces his sudden passing on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the age of 83. John was born in Santa Fe, NM in March, 1937, attended Clovis High School, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from ENMU with a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition.

John was predeceased by his parents, Marlin & Mildred Kilmer of Belen, NM; siblings, Randall & June; and his first wife, Barbara (McCoy) Lauer.

John was the consummate performer as a “Piano Man” entertainer for over 50 years, playing in country clubs and piano bars throughout FL and NM. He could play any song requested, and he played from memory and without sheet music. He loved to bring smiles and joy to a great many people through his music and infectious sense of humor.

In addition to being a lifelong entertainer, John owned and operated a successful marketing firm for many years until he retired. In more recent years, he appreciated the simpler things in life. He always looked forward to the summer months when he would share peaches from his peach tree with his many neighbors.

John will be lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Rick Carroll of Carrollton, TX; grandsons, Nick Carroll and his wife Alauna, and Justin Carroll, both of the Dallas area; former wife Sharon Kilmer, step-daughter Marcy Walker, step-granddaughter, Emily Walker, all of FL; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in John’s name at

Dear Dad/Grandpa – You will be missed, but we know that you are at peace, and you are surely having fun entertaining the angels!


Arrangements entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd NE

(505) 764-9663


Annette and mike carroll Sep 12 ,2020

Sister and brother in law ,carrollton ,Texas

We are here for you if you need anything we are so sorry to hear about your dad i know he is in Heaven

Roger Shirley Sep 14 ,2020

Friend and fellow musician ,Albuquerque