65, Army vet earned Purple Heart in Vietnam



65, Army vet earned Purple Heart in Vietnam
Gerald “Jerry” Kilian left this world on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 65. 
Jerry was born in Manhattan, Kan., to John and Iliene Kilian, formerly of Riley, Kan., on Aug. 25, 1944. 
He spent the first 23 years of his life in the Manhattan/Riley area.  He attended Riley County High School. He later moved around due to his job and the U.S. Army.
He lived at Lake of the Ozarks for 15 years and was residing in Lee’s Summit, Mo., at the time of his death.
Jerry married Sandy Marker in February 1964. They had two sons. They later divorced.
He married Joann Moughler in March 2000. They have two sons and an extended family.
Jerry spent four years in the U.S. Army, including a one year tour of duty in Vietnam at which time he received accommodations including the Purple Heart. 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Joann of the home, sons, Chase and Austin Kilian of the home, son Jake and wife Marley of Archie, Mo., and son Scott and wife Dawn of McKinney, Texas, Rodney Wright and wife Audra of Cranston, R.I., David Moughler of Attumwa, Iowa, and daughter Tonya Kenna of Blue Springs, Mo. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Kilian Doud of Topeka, Kan., and one brother, Rusty Kilian of New Mexico. Jerry leaves behind three granddaughters, Kasey Kilian, Kayla and Jaydon Kenna; two grandsons, Tucker and Cotton Kilian and many nieces and nephews as well as his “forever friend” Sandy. 
Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. to noon followed by a memorial service at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009. He will be laid to rest in the Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery in Lee’s Summit.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local chapter of Hospice and/or The American Cancer Society.