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Robert Ben Kilian June 6, 1924 - Dec. 5, 2014 Resident of San Leandro Bob was born on June 6, 1924, in Seattle, WA. The family moved to Alameda before he was 2 years old. He was the son of Ben and Helen (Mapleton) Kilian. Brother to Aletha Jensen and Frank Kilian. He married Barbara Ann Dawson in 1948 and they were together for 65 years, having lived in San Lorenzo and San Leandro. He was father to son Tim and daughter Judy (deceased 2004). Bob was in the Navy, during WWII, serving in the Pacific on LST38. He received two purple hearts. He successfully completed his four years of service with the USN, and went to work in his father's boat propeller shop, Pitchometer Propeller. He eventually became the business owner, which then was turned over to his son Tim to manage. The business operated for nearly 80 years. Even though he worked on boat propellers, his love was for sailing, having owned numerous sailboats through the years. Bob was a machinist, engineer, and propeller designer and was often called upon for consulting work throughout the marine industry. In his 80's, he was still doing machine work, making pickups and deliveries, sweeping the shop floors, and operating the lathes. Bob was grandfather to Jeff, Kevin and Katie Kilian, and Randall (RJ) Patrick, whom he helped raise. Bob was a big influence on all his grandchildren's life decisions and he will be sorely missed. Bob was a member of the San Lorenzo Community Church where he served in multiple capacities. Bob's health had not been very good this last year and he succumbed to heart complications on Thurs., Dec. 5th. He was 89 years old. A memorial service to be held at San Lorenzo Community Church, 945 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo, CA 94580, (510-276-4808) on Sat., Feb. 8th, 2pm.
Published in Inside Bay Area on Feb. 6, 2014
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