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Laurence "Larry" Monroe Killinger
December 2, 1931 - April 25, 2009

Stayton - Born in Portis, Kansas, the youngest of 11 children, to Jessie (Creamer) Killinger and George M. Killinger.  At age three, his family loaded up a truck and headed to Oregon for 'greener pastures' where they settled in the Aumsville area and began farming.   Larry atteded Aumsville Schools, and graduated in 1950.  He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Estes, observed atomic tests, and was a Korean War veteran. 

Laurence married Frances Swanson in August 1956.  They reared three children.  They farmed over 22 years in the Aumsville and Stayton area growing pole beans, corn, and berry crops.  Divorced in 1981, he later moved to Stayton and united with surviving companion, Anita Wolf, for more than 25 years.  Larry enjoyed gardening, woodworking, visiting with friends and family, and a good card game of Pitch.  After farming, he ran a sawn care service for several years.  Special loves included; old cars, antiques, and playing the guitar, particularly his steel. 

Survivor's include; brothers, Jack Killinger of Portland and Ralph Killinger of Bancroft, Idaho; sister, Blanche Wallace of Salem; sons, Martin Killinger and his wife, RaeDonna, of Aumsville, Gregory Killinger and his wife, Lisa, of Craig, Alaska; daughter, Karla Kliewer and husband, Charles, of Salem;  grandson, Chase White; and granddaughter, Kalani Kliewer. 

Funeral Services were held Friday, May 1, at 9:00 a.m. at Weddle Funeral Chapel in Stayton.  Interment was 12:00 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland.  Potluck and celebration of life followed near Aumsville.  donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Veterans of America. Arrangements by Weddle Funeral Services.


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