William Francis Kilian

June 18, 1930October 20, 2020

William “Billy” Francis Kilian, age 90, passed away peacefully on October 20th, 2020. He was a loving husband to his wife of 67 years, Joyce Ann Kilian, a devoted father to his daughter Sharon Ann Kilian, his son Glenn G Kilian, and his daughter-in-law Roxann Kilian. He was born and raised in New Orleans where he graduated from Holy Cross High School. He briefly attended Loyola University on a basketball scholarship before being drafted into the United States Army. He served as a mortarman in combat in Korea until he was transferred to the 8th Army honor guard in Seoul. In 1953, he was selected to carry the 8th Army colors for the inaugural parade of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington DC. It was an experience he loved to retell. In a newspaper article he was quoted as saying, “It was the Greatest thrill a kid could ever have”. Eventually, he retired from the river front after a long career with the New Orleans Clerks and Checkers Union. His faith and his family were always at the center of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. No memorial is planned. Instead, remember him as the kind and joyous person he was. An online guestbook is available at



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John Hardey

November 9, 2020

Our "Uncle Billy" was a larger than life person always filling the room with joy and laughter. No matter how long you knew him he made you feel like he had known you for many years with friendship and warmth. He will be greatly missed knowing how much he was loved by Joyce and Sharon and so many others he touched over the years. I'm sure his sister Mollie will be welcoming him into the Lord's wonderful presence. God bless and prayers....Kathy & John Hardey along with our girls, Christine, Sarah and Emily.

A.J. Deffes

October 27, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill on the river for years. I know he will be missed.

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