John W. Killary

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John Walter Killary, 93, of Rutland, VT, died Sept. 9, 2018, at Mountain View Center. He was born in Rutland, VT, on Feb. 11, 1925, the son of Clifton E. and Dorothy (Temple) Killary.
Mr. Killary graduated from Rutland High School in 1942 and then after graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Miami during World War II.
After his honorable discharge, he owned and operated Dur-A-Guard, in Linden, NJ, a company that specialized in building shipping containers, and enjoyed being a finish carpenter. John worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 12 years and was awarded The SECEP award for his service as a senior citizen employee of the U.S. Forest Service.
On Jan. 29, 1985, John married Gloria O. Rallos in Rutland, VT.
A prolific writer, he penned many song lyrics, poetry, stories and a novel. He was a huge history buff and a member of a Civil War re-enactment group Company C 11th Regiment. He also was a member of the American Legion Post #39 in Poultney, VT, and the VFW in Rutland, VT. John was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy of World War II. His service to his country was what meant the most to him, along with his family. He was also an avid fly fisherman looking for that "Big Beauty" of a rainbow trout in the streams of Vermont.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria R. Killary, of Rutland, VT; two sons John C. Killary and Robert Killary, both of Rutland; two daughters Kathleen Killary-Brown, of Groton, NH, and J. Susan Alvarez, of Arlington Heights, VA; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Eric Killary, and a sister, Jean C. Killary.
Calling hours will be held in Tossing Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the graveside service in Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland, with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poultney American Legion Post #39, 689 Granville St., Poultney, VT 05764; VFW Post 648, 15 Wales St., Rutland, VT 05701; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Arrangements are by Tossing Funeral Home.
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Published in Rutland Herald on Sept. 11, 2018
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