Jean Killion, 93
Jean Eloise Killion, 93, Urbandale, passed away Aug. 19, 2022, at Deerfield Retirement Community in Urbandale.
Jean was born July 1, 1929, in Kansas City, Mo. She was raised on a farm in Page County by her parents, Walter Theodore Northwall and Edna Peterson Northwall. Jean graduated from high school in Essex and received a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. Her marriage to Gerald Edwin Killion of Red Oak on Dec. 28, 1950, endured just shy of 73 years.
Like her mother, Jean pursued a career in education, teaching elementary school in Atlantic, Iowa City, and Ottumwa. After starting a family of four sons, she spent her time as a fulltime wife and mother. Jean was active in PEO, local Republican election campaigns, Lutheran Church committees, and enjoyed bridge club, gardening, and reading. Outside her family, arguably her greatest passion was football, cheering on the University of Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium and following the team to a Rose Bowl.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. John and Ruth Northwall; and parents-in-law, Rufus and Opal Killion.
Jean is survived by husband Gerald of Urbandale; sons, Christopher and wife Deb of Coralville; John and wife Paula of Omaha, Neb.; Thomas and wife Dawn of Des Moines; and Jeffrey and wife Rachel of Attleboro, Mass.; grandsons, Benjamin and wife Jamie, Samuel and wife Dawn, David and wife Roz, Aaron, and Daniel; granddaughters Natalie and Claire; great-granddaughter Stella; and brother- and sister-in-law Dennis and MaryLee Killion of Red Oak.
A private memorial service will be held. The family suggests that contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or the Deerfield Community Fund, via the Immanuel Community Foundation at 1044 N. 115th Street, Omaha, NE 68144.