Master Chief Petty Officer Steven O. Killian of Pittston passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Celtic Health Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
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Born April 11, 1952, in Trumann, Ark., he was a son of Billie Jean Vinson Killian of Union City, Tenn., and the late Garland Killian.
Steven was a 1970 graduate of Union City High School, Tenn., and joined the Navy in 1976, continuing until retiring in 1994, and a brief reactivation after 9/11. His duty assignments included the USS Forrestal, Norfolk, Va., USS Jonas Ingram, Mayport, Fla., Naval Brig, NAS Millington, Tenn., USS Hawes, Charleston, S.C., NRS Morristown, NRD Nashville, Tenn., and USS Philippine Sea, Mayport, Fla. Steven was a decorated veteran, receiving the Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal (2), Navy Recruiting Force Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation (2),Gold Wreath Award (4), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (4), USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation with Operational Device, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5).
A devoted father, loving mate, good son and brother, and loyal friend who gave his heart and soul to his country by serving honorably as a Navy SEAL. He was also a good citizen, serving several years as a U.S. deputy marshal. He was a kind and gentle person who touched many lives and left those who knew him feeling blessed. There was nothing more comforting in times of need than a hug from "Papa Bear."
Surviving are his companion of 12 years, Louise Lentini; daughter, Kristine Killian Justin and her husband, Frank, San Antonio, Texas; son, Garland W. Killian, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Julian Killian and Angelina and Matthew Justin; stepchildren, Karen and Mark Lyles, Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Larry Killian and his wife, Rhonda, Union City, Tenn.; and David Killian and his wife, Marilyn, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; nieces and nephews; and physician and Friend, Dr. J. Charles Lentini.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, 23 Sheridan St., Wilkes-Barre. The Very Rev. Thaddeus J. Dymkowski, pastor, will be the celebrant.
Military funeral honors will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
His family would like to thank his doctors and nurses as well as the many who cared for him at the Geisinger Cancer Center and Hospital and Hospice Community Care.
Memorial donations in his name made to
or the Luzerne County ASPCA would be greatly appreciated.
Jendrzejewski Funeral Home
21 N Meade St Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014