Frank Aloise Killinger died on June 12.

He was born on May 21, 1924.

Killinger graduated from high school at 16 years of age and was immediately given a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he studied agriculture. He was drafted into the service and served in the Army Air Corp for four years. He is a veteran of World War II.

He married Grace June Bellflower of Orlando, Fla., in 1947. Together they brought into the world five children.

Killinger worked at the Burns radar site in the 1960s. He was a member of the Burns Baptist Church, and his children all attended Slater Elementary and Burns Union High School. Killinger also worked part time at Wagner’s Furniture Store.

Killinger provided loving and constant care for his wife who was disabled by rheumatoid arthritis until her death in 2006.

Killinger loved to fly. He was a pilot who built his own airplane. He was a builder who built his own home and travel trailer.  He was a lover of U.S. National Parks, traveling America for nine years continuously with his wife after his retirement from the Federal Government in 1982.

Killinger was also a musician. He played violin, mandolin and keyboards, performing for many fans. When he was yet a teenager, he played fiddle in local bands within his home state of Wisconsin. In later years, he played his keyboards, performing for guests at Providence Place and the Gardens in Mt. Juliet.

Killinger is survived by his children, Kathy Heath of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Michael Killinger of Orlando, Dennis Killinger of Denver, Colo., Susan Killinger of Klamath Falls, and Sharon Killinger of Lebanon, Tenn.


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