Mr. Wayne LeRoy Killian

  • Died: July 18, 2019
  • Location: Groveland, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Message From The Family

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GROVELAND – Mr. Wayne LeRoy Killian, 89, of Groveland, MA (formerly of Topsfield, MA), beloved husband of Janeen (Jeys) Killian, the late Jean Beaujean Killian, and the late Joanne Orcutt Killian, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He will be deeply missed.

Born in East Earl, PA, he was the son of the late John and Daisy Y. (Frankhouser) Killian. Raised and educated in New Holland, PA, Wayne was a graduate of New Holland High School. Wayne then attended the Naval Academy of Music and continued his education at Boston University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music and Master's Degree in Secondary Education.

An honorable discharge veteran of the Korean War, Wayne proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy Band (3rd Class Musician) from 1950-1954. His love and passion for the Navy continued throughout his life until the end.

Wayne started his teaching career as a band director in Somersworth, NH and Pentucket Regional High School (West Newbury, MA). He then moved to Masconomet Regional High School (Boxford, MA) where he spent 23 years as Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair. His devotion to music education was something he cherished each and every day. "Uncle Wayne" loved his students and they loved him in return.

Wayne was a devout Mason for 67 years, having joined during his time in the Navy. He was an active member of the New Meadows Lodge A.F. & A.M. (Topsfield, MA) prior to joining Budleigh Lodge A.F. and A.M. of Beverly, MA.

After his retirement, Wayne became involved in numerous bands such as the Shriners Swing Band (Wilmington, MA), the Wally Byam Air Stream Band (conductor 1993-1998), and the Wakefield Retired Men's Club Band where he enjoyed playing his trombone and conducting.

In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by his children, Kimberly Geiger (Kyle) of Redmond, WA, Kristin Killian of Peabody, MA, Kent G. Killian (Jacqueline) of Lakewood, CA, Karla Killian of Penacook, NH; his stepchildren, Jean Cox (Jim) of Larsen, WI, Jo-Ann Henninger (Zeno) of Brunswick, ME, and Jenny Beaujean of Beverly, MA; his nieces and nephews, and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wayne was the stepfather to the late Kenneth Beaujean and brother to the late John F. Killian.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend Wayne's memorial service which will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield, MA on Wednesday, July 31st at 1 pm. Interment will be private. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, July 30th from 4-7 pm at the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 124 River Road, Topsfield, MA 01983; the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114; or to the Masconomet Music Parents Association (MMPA), PO Box 95, Topsfield MA 01983 - memo line: music scholarship. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Getting to know Wayne and Janeen in recent years as they participated in veteran and Topsfield COA events and trips has truly been a joy. We will really miss Wayne's infectious smile and adventurous spirit. Janeen, we hope you will continue to spend time with us.

Posted by Paula Burke - Topsfield, MA   July 30, 2019

Wayne was truly a gifted director. His knowledge and love of music was so much a part of who he was that it would rub off on those around him. I miss him.

Posted by Richard Smith - Wakefield Retired Men's Club, MA   July 30, 2019

Wayne was a presence wherever he was. He brought high musical standards and knowledge to the bands we shared together. Best of all, he was a wonderful friend. We'll miss him.

Posted by Frank & Judi Manola - Wilmington, MA - friend   July 29, 2019

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I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was an incredible man and teacher. Our children were fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with him.
My late husband, Steve, and I spent many many hours working with Wayne as Music Parents......fruit sales.....oranges and grapefuit will always have a special meaning,!!!!........band trips and concerts.......etc.
Rest in Peace, Wayne.....my heartfelt sympathy to all of the Killion family.

Posted by Joan Lunn - Topsfield, MA - Friend   July 29, 2019

Mr. Killian was a lovely man. My sisters and I would see him and Mrs. Killian when we visited our mother at Nichols Village. He was always kind and gracious to us, whether he was cleaning his car or helping with the groceries or bringing in the instruments or on his way to dinner. We will remember him as a true gentleman who always was quick to smile. Our heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. Killian and all the family. God bless.
The Arndt Family

Posted by Margot Arndt - Friend   July 29, 2019

It has been a joy and a privilege to have met Wayne and to play trombone with him and for him.

Posted by Nancy LeSaffre - Melrose, MA - Friend   July 28, 2019

I first met Mr Killian when I was in the 4th grade at took trumpet lessons from him for many years. I am very thankful for all of the life lessons and support he and the music department offered me. The time I spent in the Masco Music department was the best part of high school. Thank you Mr K! You will always be in my heart.

Posted by David Stowe - Worcester, MA - Student   July 27, 2019

Vern and Cleo Lampos are very sorry for the loss of Wayne.

Posted by Cleo Lampos - Oak Lawn, IL - Family   July 26, 2019

My heart goes out to you... Sending hugs, prayers and healing thoughts.

Posted by Tami Thompson-Freel - DES MOINES, IA - family   July 26, 2019

Posted by Virginia Pulver - Greenwood, SC   July 26, 2019

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Wayne made my sister Janeen very happy. They met playing trombone in the circus band and shared so many mutual interests. Seeing them together always made me smile. I am grateful they found each other and shared some precious years together. My heart goes out to the children and family. Wayne will be sorely missed.

Posted by Virginia Pulver - Greenwood, SC - family   July 26, 2019

So sad to learn of Wayne's passing. My deepest sympathy to Janeen and all the Killian family. Wayne was a real trouper. It was always great to be in the same trombone section with Wayne and Janeen. Wayne always seemed to have a certain spark... an exhuberance to match the tempo of a Windjammers concert or rehearsal session and an outgoing, friendly personality for every occasion. He will be sorrely missed.
Ed Shevlin, Ashland, NH

Posted by Ed Shevlin - Ashland, NH - Acquaintance   July 25, 2019

I first met Wayne in the Windjammers Band several years ago. During our time together we enjoyed funny stories, good restaurants and of course, playing trombone in the band. I will miss him greatly, but know he is in a better place.

Posted by Vicki Pinson - Henderson, NV - Friend   July 25, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Wayne 's passing. I enjoyed him at Windjammers Unlimited.

Posted by Philip W Herfort - Williamsport, PA   July 25, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you, Janeen, and the whole Killian family. I'm sure you will always treasure your times together, especially the Windjammer conventions and meets which were so tiring but so much fun! And I will remember them, too! With sincere condolences, Barbara Bailey from Windjammers unlimited.

Posted by Barbara Bailey - Rexford, NY - Friend   July 25, 2019

A dedicated Mason whose fraternal friendship will be missed. Surely the Heavenly Orchestra will be enhanced with his great musical talent.

Posted by Charles Mathison - N. Andover, MA - Friend   July 25, 2019

The Dexters of then Kinsman Lane, Topsfield add their condolences to a great teacher and mentor. I recall so often how I hated those freezing cold football games, but I went to every one of them for four years without fail. It taught us discipline and group tolerance as well as the value of learning marching formations and how to stir up a crowd with a few measures of inspiring sound. Do some remember us going to the evening meeting of the School Board to fashion parade our baggy grey marching band uniforms in order to then beg for new uniforms that were black and red with a hint of white by day but turned into black tie tuxedos for our concerts! Mr Killian had this 'it will happen' attitude. He expanded our horizons and accepted anyone who was willing to give an instrument a try. My life long love of music was certainly molded by his kind spirit as well as the great teachers he brought on board. I play the grand piano every day and will now think more often of him. We were so lucky at Masco; so many dedicated educators who wanted us to be more than we were, for all the right reasons. Thank you to the Killian family for so many good memories. I was glad to see Kim Killian at our 2016 40th Class of '76 and express my appreciation then to her in person. We also had a good laugh about her mother stretching out fresh milk with powdered milk (something I watched with amazement when I spent time in their home after school with Kim and her sister), but Kim had no recollection). Frugal New Englanders are we still! Charlotte Dexter (Murray) in London https://www.barclayhouselondon.com info@barclayhouselondon.com

Posted by Charlotte Dexter - London UK - Student   July 25, 2019

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The Smith family is very sorry for your loss. We fondly remember our days at Masco - and the wonderful and many musical experiences we enjoyed. Your dad was such an important force behind the music and art program at Masconomet. From the marching band trip to Switzerland, the dinner dances, concerts, musicals - it was a magical time. Sending love and prayers to you all.

Posted by Liz Smith - SWAMPSCOTT, MA - Student   July 25, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing and am holding each of you, together with so many happy memories, in my heart.

Posted by Frank Gayton - Middleton, MA - Friend   July 25, 2019

While we knew you only since our retirement to Nichols Village, we greatly appreciated your warmth and congeniality. Our times together were always most enjoyable and we shall miss them. You are now in God's Hands which is at it should be. Our thoughts and prayers are being sent to you. Joyce and Hid Welch

Posted by Hillard (Hid) and Joyce Welch - Groveland, MA - Friend   July 24, 2019

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So sad, Karla, to hear of your loss, Take care and may he R.I.P.

Posted by Fran Temple - Manchester, NH - Friend   July 23, 2019

Although I was never in the band, I was always involved with music while at Masco. Mr. Killian was always very pleasant and always smiling. I often have thought about him as I drive by Masconomet when in the area.

Posted by Lee April - Lewes, DE - Student   July 23, 2019

I have a connection to Wayne through my long-time friend Jenny Beaujean. She had recounted their competitive Scrabble Games, and his love of music. At some point many years ago, I realized the Jean and Wayne my parents talked about from the Air Stream Rallies were actually Jenny's Mom and Stepdad. Small world, since my parents were spending summers in Upstate New York and winters in Florida at the time. My parents loved dancing to the music of the Air Stream Band, and I got to catch them once at a Rally in Western Mass. I'm very sorry for your loss; at the same time, I'm so heartened by Wayne's example of living a full life.

Posted by Janine Nichipor& Family - Ayer, MA - Family Friend   July 23, 2019

Uncle Wayne made the world a richer place with his cheerful dedication to family, friends and music.

Posted by Kathleen Rockwood - Fairfield, PA - Family   July 23, 2019

Wayne was a true professional dedicated to sharing his love for music with all others especially, the children whom he served selflessly for many years, including a few at Masconomet while we were colleagues working together in the 1960's--he was highly respected by all who worked with him--George c. Vlahos.

Posted by GEORGE VLAHOS - BYFIELD, MA - Coworker   July 23, 2019

Many happy memories participating in Masco's music programs in the 70s.

Posted by Valery Fischer - Orange County, CA - Student   July 23, 2019

Music and drama students at MASCO were well taught, motivated and inspired. Many of us went on to successful careers in the music and film industry, and on Broadway... thank you Mr. Killian...

Posted by Robert W. Greene Jr. - Rangeley (Sandy River Plt.), ME - Student   July 22, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's death. He was always a good friend when I worked at Masconomet and then I enjoyed our times at various Topsfield Historical Society events. I last saw him at the retirement luncheon up in Newburyport and could tell he wasn't feeling well but it was nice that Kristin was able to come and have lunch with us also. I will miss this gentle man.
Dorothy Wass

Posted by Dorothy Wass - Topsfield, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Janeen and the family. We will miss Wayne's wonderful, caring personality, demonstrated constantly by his welcoming and supportive smile.

Posted by Bob & Fran Tyler - Burlington, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019

I was an average trumpet player in the Masconomet band but Wayne Killian brought out the best in me as a musician, and a young man. He was a true mentor in my life. RIP, sir.

Posted by Dana Jones - Conway, NH - Student   July 22, 2019

A wonderful mentor to me in my first teaching position. Will always remember his kind heart, dedication to students, and love of music. The world has given up one of the best to a heavenly home. My love an prayers to Kim, Kristin, Kent, Karla, and his wonderful extended family.
Lyn Van Druff

Posted by Lyn Van Druff - Speculator, NY - Coworker   July 22, 2019

I remember him well as I was a member of the concert band the 4 years I attended Masco. He was a great educator. Thinking of you all in this sad time.

Posted by Julie Janjigian - Belmont, MA - Student   July 22, 2019

So sorry... i have so many fond memories of your dad and his leadership of the Masco music department.

Posted by Louise Bears Pajak - Friend   July 22, 2019

What a wonderful man and educator. He will be missed. - Alex Lachmayr

Posted by Alex Lachmayr - Reading, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019

May the fond memories ,family and friends get you through this most difficult of times
Dick & Donna Fink

Posted by Dick & Donna Fink - Framingham, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019

Wayne will be deeply missed by all who knew him as both a friend and an outstanding musician. I so appreciate the encouragement he gave me as Bandmaster of the Aleppo Shriners Brass Band and wish to extend my sincere condolences to Janeen and the entire family.

Posted by Richard Fardy - Billerica, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019

So sorry Kris. You lost a wonderful Dad, friend and supporter. I'm grateful he was able to make your retirement and that I had a chance to talk to him.
Our sincere sympathies.

Posted by Jack Delaney - Nahant, MA - Friend   July 22, 2019


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