Arthur Killian 86, died peacefully on Aug. 2, 2020, in Yuma, Arizona, where he and wife, Eva, have resided for the past 24 years.
He was born on Sept.13, 1933, in Pringle, South Dakota, where he was the second oldest of four children.
His family moved to Tillamook, Oregon when he was young. He attended school in Tillamook until he joined the Navy in 1952. He served in the Korean War and was discharged in 1960.
Mr. Killian married Dolores Blazer in Tillamook. Art and Dolores and her identical twin sister, Donna, and her fiance Everrett, were married in a double wedding on May 21,1960. Art and Dolores Killian had three children: Daniel Wayne, Arthur Charles Jr., and Debra Lynn.
Later Mr. Killian married Bonnie Crum in Tillamook. They had one child, Loralee Ann.
In 1970, the family moved to a remote logging camp at Whale Pass, where Mr. Killiam worked as a mechanic for Gildersleeve Logging.
“The family enjoyed the outdoor activities and subsistence way of life while living in Whale Pass,” the family writes.
In April of 1978, Art married Eva Moline in Tenakee Springs. They resided in rural logging camps in Southeast Alaska until they moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1996.
Before permanently relocating to Yuma, they enjoyed years as “Snowbirds.” When in Yuma they worked for Hank Schechert, as Schechert developed the community in the Yuma Foothills.
“Art was always busy and loved working outside while fixing things around the house,” his family writes. “He was masterful at building with wood, and his home in Yuma has many pieces he built. He had a great sense of humor and liked to visit with people. When in Alaska, he loved being on his boats and fishing with his family.
Mr. Killian was preceded in death by his parents, Cy and Marion Killian; and siblings, Betty Lou and Mic.
He is survived by his brother, Kenny of Tillamook; children, Daniel (Amy) of Thorne Bay, Chuck (Vicky) of Wasilla, Debra of Wasilla, and Lori of Ogdon, Utah; grandchildren, Lucas, Trevor (Kris), Dustin, Icy, Jesse (Megan), Leanna (Carl and Matt), Courtney and Shaun; and great-grandchildren, Jesse, Autumn, Millie, Cutter, Jacob, Ariel and Kendal.
Services will be held at a later date.