Lillian Killion

Lillian Ione Pickett (Richardson) Killion

October 7, 1917 to September 29, 2012

Lillian was born to Walter and Ruth Pickett in Putnam County Indiana. The first born of eight children.

She graduated in 1935 from New Winchester High School, New Winchester, Indiana and was valedictorian of her graduating class. Uncle Bill (Bugg) offered to pay for her college education but her father wouldn't allow her to leave the farm.

She met and later married Francis Marion Richardson January 15, 1938. The newlyweds moved to Indianapolis where Francis had his own hardwood floor business. They later moved to the Attica area and began farming. They moved to a farm in Tippecanoe County in 1949 and remained in Tippecanoe County for the rest of their lives. Mr. Richardson died May 22, 1966 at the age of sixty.

There were three children born in the Richardson family. Darrell Ramon in 1938, Dale Royce in 1943 and Sherry Lee in 1947. Those children were the pride and joy of their mother and were loved and cherished. Nothing made Lillian happier than when one of her children was honored, awarded or succeeded in their endeavors.

During the first part of her marriage to "Rich" she was a homemaker and mother. When the youngest was twelve the family moved to the Battle Ground United Methodist Church Camp where Lillian was the nurse and Rich was the caretaker of the camp. Lillian later became the manager of the camp. After Rich died Lillian went to work as a secretary at TRW. She retired from TRW in 1979. She worked part time for K&M supply and The Trails for several years after her retirement.

Lillian's second marriage was to Robert Lloyd Killion on May 29, 1976, and she gained a stepson, Stephen, with that marriage. The Richardson children gained a much loved stepfather and stepbrother. Mr.Killion died in 2003.

Until failing health forced her to move to Regency Place in 2009, Lillian had always been active in her church, Battle Ground United Methodist Church, and the Battle Ground community. She was president of the PTA, the band parents, the Women's Society of Christian Service and a volunteer at Home Hospital.

Lillian was a "special" lady, loved and respected by so many people in Tippecanoe County and the state of Indiana. She always was the center of her family and family was the most important part of her life.

Lillian is survived by her son Darrell of Camby, Indiana and daughter Sherry Davis of Lafayette. She is also survived by daughters-in-law, Maryellen Killion and Debra Richardson. There are thirteen surviving grandchildren: Angela, Vicki, Monica, Curtis, Paula, Kimberly, Donald, Courtenay, Cara, Kyle, David, Stephen and Michael, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Dale Richardson, Stepson, Stephen Killion, grandson Royce Richardson and infant granddaughter Rhonda Richardson. She was also preceded in death by her siblings: Beatrice, Harley, Hubert, Wendell, Madonna, Joyce and Judy.

Lillian's death was a great loss to her family and friends and she will be very much missed in her passing.

Lillian wished to be cremated. There will be a memorial service at the Battle Ground United Methodist Church on Saturday October 6,2012. Memorial donations should be given to the church in her name. Online condolences send to

Published in the Journal & Courier from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2012