Richard J. Kilian, 99, died peacefully, June 25, 2019 at Ohio Living Dorothy Love in Sidney, Ohio. He was born in Junction City, Kansas, June 18, 1920. The son of William and Margaret (Cushing) Kilian.
Richard graduated from Kansas State University in 1942 as a mechanical engineer. He went to work for General Electric in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Two years later, he enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Beckham - APA133, in the South Pacific during WWII. The war ended and he returned to General Electric where he met and married his wife Vera in 1947. They were married 59 years until her passing on July 7, 2006. He retired from General Electric in 1983 and moved to Ft. Myers, Florida. They became avid golfers and traveled the world. Richard and Vera moved to Sidney, Ohio in 2006 to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his daughter Linda (Vance) Stewart, grandchildren Richard, Andrew (Samantha), Jordan, Dominique (Jason) Christman and great grandchildren, Daniel and Damon and his step-great grandchildren, Ryan and Kaitlynn.
A memorial mass will be held, 10:00 am, July 23, 2019 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in McCartyville, Ohio. Friends may pay their respects to the family at the church narthex from 9:00 -10:00 am, until the hour of Mass. Burial will be 1:45, at the Dayton National Cemetery, 4400 W. Third St., in Dayton, Ohio where he will receive full military honors. Contributions may be made online at www.wilsonhealth.org, Hospice Fund or to Wilson Hospice, 915 W. Michigan St., Sidney, Ohio 45365 in memory of Richard J. Kilian. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, 502 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney Ohio 45365 Online condolences may be expressed at www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
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