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Leo Camillus Killian

Leo Camillus Killian

Leo Camillus Killian died at the Goldpine Home on April 11, 2014. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at St. Philips Catholic Church in Bemidji with visitation one hour before. Visitation will be held at Cease Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 15, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Bemidji. Honorary casket bearers are his great grandchildren. Casket bearers are his grandchildren, Brian Hughes, Kristopher Hughes, Jory Leister, Janee Hill, Amber Wilkins, Kris Wilkins and Stephanie Wilkins

Leo was born on April 24, 1917, in Fosston, MN, to Thomas and Lorene (Vezina) Killian. The family owned a dairy farm south of Fosston. He married Rosalia Althoff on August 30, 1945 in Fosston. Leo worked for Frs. Baskerville and Funk at Catholic Churches in Fosston as well as Park Rapids where he helped build the Catholic school. He joined the National Guard in 1938 and then the Army in 1941 and was deployed to Germany during World War II. After his discharge he was employed by the Nei Bottling Company in Park Rapids, later moving to Bemidji to help start Nei Bottling there. In 1949, Leo and his brother Gerald started the Killian Trucking Company providing shipping services to various towns in the region. In 1951, he purchased a farm south of Bemidji where he raised dairy cattle and later potatoes.

Leo served on the original board of the Helga Telephone Company assisted in building the lines, and served as lineman. He was active in the National Farmers Organization later being employed to assist with organizing farmers to market their goods. Leo and Rose also provided loving care for many foster children over the years with two sisters, Wilma and Wanda, becoming very special daughters.

As a young man, Leo was an accomplished boxer winning the golden gloves for the Park Rapids region. He was active in St. Philips Church, the Knights of Columbus, Extension Service Farm Education Program, as well as the Carr Lake Farmers Club. He loved visiting friends, playing cards, pool, singing, and, in his later years, woodworking.

Leo is survived by Kathleen (Timothy) Hughes, Bemidji; Alan (Judy) Killian, Bemidji, and foster daughters, Wilma Wilkins, St. Paul and Wanda Wilkins, Fargo; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; a brother, Gerald Killian of Oregon and many nieces and nephews. Leo was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

Preferred memorials are to the Bemidji Alzheimers Association and Bemidji Hospice.

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