STAPLES -- Lewis Rodney Killian, 85, Staples, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at Greater Staples Hospital.
He was born Jan. 28, 1917, in Minneapolis to Lewis R. and Florence M. (Agnew) Killian. He graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1936. He attended Dunwoody Institute, receiving a degree in sheet metal working. He married Bernice Herting in 1938. He drove school bus for the Minnesota School of Business for a few years. He also worked for Warner Hardware. He owned and operated Minnahaha Appliance and Service in Minneapolis for a number of years. In 1952, he began working as a bus driver for Independent School District No. 197 in West St. Paul where he was also a janitor and later served as superintendent of buildings and grounds until his retirement in 1979. He married Marcella Stoulil on Oct. 7, 1972, in Minneapolis. They moved to Lake Shamineau in 1980. They moved to Staples in 1994. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and a 32nd Degree Mason.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Gary Killian, Deephaven; two daughters, Joan Brown, Woodbury, and Susan Arlt, Woodbury; a stepdaughter, Terri Sharp, Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with Pastor Steve Sveom officiating. There will be a Masonic service 10 a.m. Thursday at the Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
Friends may call an hour before services Thursday at the church.
Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Home in Staples.
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