John M. "Duke" Killian

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John M. "Duke" Killian, 87, of Blakely, died Monday at Allied Services Hospice, Scranton, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Dickson City, son of the late Anthony and Stella Scigielska Killian, Duke was a graduate of Dickson City High School and was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Anemostat Dynamics, Scranton, where he had been a supervisor for many years. He was also a member of SMART Local 44.

Duke was a sports enthusiast who especially enjoyed watching college football, and, in his younger years, he was a standout baseball player and boxer. On the outside, Duke was a dapper gentleman but he was also a very private person. He was extremely proud of his family and his generosity toward them knew no bounds. His family will fondly remember him as a loving father and grandfather.

The family extends thanks to the staff at Lackawanna Health and Rehab for Duke's care over the last eight years. They are also grateful for the compassionate care given to him by Allied Services Hospice during his final days.

He is survived by four children, John Jr. and wife, Daria of Gouldsboro; Donna Zmuda, of Archbald; Michael, of Arnold, Md.; and Marianne Andrews, of Archbald; a sister, Eleanor Moreiko, of Olyphant; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by seven siblings, Mary Retchko; Stephen, Stanley, Frank, Charles, Joseph and Chester Killian.

As per Duke's request, his services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Carbondale.

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Published in Scranton Times on June 7, 2018
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