CAPE GIRARDEAU -- George Taylor Killion, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born on Oct. 13, 1928, in Portageville, the son of Dr. H.A. and Bessie Barbara Killion. He graduated from Portageville High School in 1946 where he was the valedictorian of his senior class. He went on to attend Central Methodist College in Fayette for two years and transferred to Mississippi State College in Starkville, Miss., where he graduated in 1950 with a degree in agriculture.
On June 7, 1950, he married Mildred Lois Buchanan.
During the Korean War, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and afterward returned to Portageville to farm and raise his family. A successful and respected farmer and cattleman, he had a deep love for his family and southeast Missouri. He was well-known for raising and training some of the top cutting horses in the nation. He instilled a strong work ethic in his children and had a distinct dislike for lying or laziness. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and served on the board of The First State Bank and Trust Company.
He is survived by his sister, Helen Elizabeth Wetterau of St. Louis; three children, Linza Taylor Killion and his wife, Julie of Sikeston, George Matthew Killion and his wife Jane, of Louisville, Ky., and Lois April Killion and her husband Jose Arellano of Colleyville, Texas; and four grandchildren, Matthew Taylor Killion of Kansas City, Mo., Elizabeth Anne Killion of Houston, Texas, and Zachary Patrick Killion and Ryan Matthew Killion of Louisville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Lois Killion, and his son, John Aliston Killion.
The Lord richly blessed him throughout his earthly life and he has gone to his heavenly reward. He will be greatly missed.
Friends may gather at First United Methodist Church of Portageville Friday, May 11 at 9 a.m. until the time of memorial service at 11 a.m.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
First United Methodist Church of Portageville Building Fund
110 East Fifth Street
Portageville, MO 63873-1467