Van Lindsay Killian
It is with great sadness that the family of Van Lindsay Killian announces his passing on September 1, 2019 after battling severe health issues for many years. He was 81 years old.
Van will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Nancy; his precious children, Karen (Rod), Todd (lizzie), Heidi (Scott); 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Carl Lindsay Killian and Myrna Ruth Van Leven Killian; and his brothers, Don and Kim.
A native of Portland, he attended Richmond Grade School and graduated from Franklin High School. In 1963, after graduating from Lewis and Clark College, Van began his teaching career in Milwaukie, Ore. He taught at Harmony Grade School, Ickes, McLaughlin and Sunrise Middle Schools. At the middle schools he developed a unique shop program for students to work with wood, plastic, metal and leather. For many years he would run into former students who shared with him how they still use their leather belt, their plastic clip board or their wooden sign. They also verbalized their appreciation for his caring and support.
After his retirement from teaching, he enjoyed volunteering at Laughing Horse Bookstore, traveling to France and Spain to visit the family's exchange students and making sure his family never ran out of firewood.
Van loved sharing stories and memories of special times of his life such as spending summer on his grandfather's farm near Spokane, Wash. where he tended the cows or helped harvest the wheat, family camping experiences at Lost Lake and being at the family's cabin in Cannon Beach.
He loved to say he was president of the "pencil club", not the computer club, supporting left wing political issues and groups that help our planet and the disadvantaged folks who live among us. His life motto was "live simply so others may simply live".
Van was deeply loved and will be sorely missed. A celebration of his life was held recently at his home in Milwaukie. Donations in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Corp or Milwaukie Presbyterian Church memorial fund.