July 19, 2013
Troy (Chip) Pilkington was born on Jan. 24, 1962 in Redwood City, Calif. He died on July 6, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. He leaves behind a large family in America and a family in Thailand from marriage. In the U.S., he is survived by his sister Tracy (Bren) Shaffer, of Idaho; brother Shawn (Ling Noi), of Pilkington, Mongolia; mother Robin (Brad) Sommers, of Idaho; nephew Joshua Peters, of Idaho; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
His father Bud Pilkington preceded him in death.
In Bangkok, he is survived by his Thai family, including his wife Kanthima Pilkington; sister-in-laws P’ Noi and Nong Bow; nephews Nong Top and Nong Plug; nieces Nong Aum and Nong Jen and his mother and father-in-law.
Chip had no children of his own. On July 8, Chip'ss body went to temple and merit was given where a Thai ceremony was completed. On July 11, Chip's body was cremated after the Thai ceremony, and on July 16, Chip ashes were brought back to the United States.
Chip lived in Craig, Steamboat, Alaska and Aurora before moving over to Phuket, Thailand. He worked for Caterpillar Asia for the last three years stationed in Bangkok. He was the service operations manager and traveled constantly. He was in charge of five countries in Asia. He enjoyed the time he was at home in Bangkok.
Chip was an avid fisherman, certified scuba diver and held a private pilot license.
He grew up in San Jose, Calif. He and his family moved to Pioneer, Calif. when he was in the 12th-grade.
He went into the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after four years. He then joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.
He moved around a bit and enjoyed Alaska and its fishing
Chip and his wife had a Thai wedding ceremony, which is common in Asia even though they were legally married at their home. Chip's mom, sister and nephew flew over to Thailand to be present. The family spent three weeks traveling in Bangkok, Surin and Phuket. Chip was very happy to show his American family some of the Thai culture.