Jack Killion passed from this life into the presence of God on Aug. 19. 2021. He had 90 years of, as he often said, a good life. Through battles with cancer, brain surgery and Lewy Body Syndrome, he was stoic, uncomplaining, unconditionally loving and appreciative to all those who cared about him and cared for him. He never failed to say thank you for the smallest kindness or help given him. Jack was the person who, if called on, would go out in the wee hours to help anyone in distress. His passing leaves an unfillable void for all who loved him.
Jack joins his beloved mother, Wilma, who welcomed him Home. Whenever she saw him, his mother greeted him with, "Jack you just make me feel good all over". Those of us who loved him know that feeling precisely. Along with his mother, he was greeted by his father Squire, younger brother Gary, all of whom he treasured. Also waiting to greet him was his recently passed grandson-in-law Stephen. An older brother, Bob, predeceased him also.
At age 17, Jack literally jumped off a tractor in an Indiana hay field to go with his high school buddies and enlist in the U.S. Air Force. He served honorably in the Korean War as SSgt. Upon his return from Korea, he met and married his bride, Donna Newton, WAF Air Force, in California.
Jack retired from years at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, where he helped develop the prisoner work release program. He then served as a U.S. Marshal in Federal court and also managed his lifelong real estate investments.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife of nearly 70 years, Donna Newton Killion and his three children Jacalynn, Andrew (wife Sabina) and Patricia (husband Burt). He is also survived by five granddaughters, Sarah, April, Rachel, Devon and McKenna, all of whom he adored and three precious great-grandchildren, Brian, Harley and Kyrie. His love for his family was unconditional and complete. He taught us how to love. Rest eternally in peace.
Our thanks goes to the hard-working staff at Fayette County Medical Center Long Term Care whose attention to his needs made his residency there comfortable. You are kind and very much appreciated.
His family would like to thank Dr. Fred Yerby who, for several years, treated him medically and very gently with great care for his dignity.
Jack requested cremation, which was entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home. His family will have private services at a later date.
If you want to memorialize Jack, his wish was for you to consider a donation to your favorite charity.
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