PITTSTON — Master Chief Petty Officer Steven O. Killian, of Pittston, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Celtic Health Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Born April 11, 1952, in Trumann, Arkansas, he was a son of Billie Jean Vinson Killian of Union City, Tennessee, and the late Garland Killian.
Steven was a 1970 graduate of Union City High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1976, continuing until retiring in 1994, and a brief reactivation after September 11, 2001. His duty assignments included the USS Forrestal, Norfolk, Virginia; USS Jonas Ingram, Mayport, Florida; Naval Brig, NAS Millington, Tennessee; USS Hawes, Charleston, South Carolina; NRS Morristown, Tennessee; NRD Nashville; and USS Philippine Sea, Mayport, Florida.
Steven was a decorated veteran, receiving the Purple Heart, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy "E" Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals, Navy Recruiting Force Ribbon, two Meritorious Unit Commendations, four Gold Wreath Awards, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, four Good Conduct Medals, USCG Meritorious Unit Commendation with Operational Device, and five Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.
A devoted father, loving mate, good son and brother, he was a loyal friend who gave his heart and soul to his country by serving honorably as a U.S. 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; son, Garland W. Killian, Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Julian Killian and Angelina and Matthew Justin; stepchildren, Karen and Mark Lyles, Jacksonville; brothers, Larry Killian and his wife, Rhonda, Union City, and David Killian and his wife, Marilyn, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; nieces and nephews; physician and friend, Dr. J. Charles Lentini.
His family thanks his doctors and nurses as well as the many who cared for him at the Geisinger Cancer Center and Hospital and Hospice Community Care.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with 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 celebrant. Military funeral honors will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations in his name made to
or the SPCA of Luzerne County would be greatly appreciated.