Charles E. Killian, 73, of Staples passed away August 18, 2018 at the Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples.
Services will be held Friday, August 24, at 11 a.m. at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Staples with Pastor Daryl Jacobson officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services.
Interment will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples.
Arrangements are with the Brenny Funeral Chapel of Staples.
Charles was born November 26, 1944 in Staples to Carl and Margaret (Towner) Killian. He attended school through 10th grade and then traveled around the United States working odd jobs with his father. He worked for Sorenson Plumbing in Staples and was an ironworker on the Iron Range for Local 563. Charles started driving truck in the late 1960s. He purchased his own truck in 1977 and continued trucking until his retirement in 2008. Charles married Diane Killian on April 22, 1963; they were divorced in 1982. He married Luana “Loni” Killian on August 24, 1996. Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the cabin and traveling. He especially loved spending time with all of his grandchildren.
Charles is survived by one daughter, Sandi (Kevin) Robben; one son, Lonny (Neila) Killian; seven grandchildren, Sheena (Bill) Otto, Brandon Breitenfeldt, Andrew (Jordan) Robben, Brady (Kaitlin) Killian, Kali (Collin) Shequen, Amber Shequen, Avery Killian; two brothers, Elmer Killian, Keith Geer; brother-in-law, John Eckstrom; son-in-law, Harold Shequen; best friend, Rudy Bjerga, Jr; fishing buddy, John Wales; dogs, Stubby, Noonie; nephews, Yad and Shawn Killian; and many more nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loni; step-daughter, Desiree Shequen; daughter-in-law, Lisa Killian; two brothers; two sisters and father-in-law, Roy Eckstrom.