Wendell Pearson Kilian of Hannibal, Kansas City and Maryville, succumbed to the effects of COPD after a hard-fought battle, and went to be with Jesus/His Lord, on March 24, 2018, at 72 years of age.

Wendell Pearson Kilian of Hannibal, Kansas City and Maryville, succumbed to the effects of COPD after a hard-fought battle, and went to be with Jesus/His Lord, on March 24, 2018, at 72 years of age. 

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Brother Justin Mosher will officiate. Burial with full military rites by Emmette J. Sheilds American Legion Post No. 55 will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Wendell was born Nov. 9, 1945, to Karl Wendell and Mignonne Pearson Kilian in South Bend, Ind. 

Wendell was baptized at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal on Feb. 26, 1956, at the age of 11.

Wendell attended Hannibal Public Schools from kindergarten to high school graduation in 1963, and was a member of the high school tennis and baseball teams. He attended and graduated in 1967 with a BS degree in Business Administration from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) under a tennis scholarship. His tennis team was conference champions all four years of his college career, and his individual accomplishments include placing fourth in the national tournament his senior year. He later received his MS degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1978 from Central Missouri State University.

While at college, he met his future wife, Betty, and they were united in marriage May of 1968.  To this union, one daughter was born, Lara Noelle (Kilian) Leatz in 1970.

Wendell entered the United States Army in 1968. After attending Officer Candidate School and Rotary Wing Aviation Training, he became a helicopter pilot and rose to the rank of Captain. After serving over four years in the Army, he was employed by Sears for 28 years as a Loss Prevention Manager and for eight years by the State of Missouri as a Probation and Parole Officer in Maryville.

He is survived by his daughter, Lara Leatz; grandsons, Austin and Zachary Leatz of Greenwood; his former wife and close trusted friend, Betty Kilian Dickenson of Kansas City; sister, Karla Black of Shelbina; and sister, Kamille (Susie) Karlson (Bob) of Michigan. He is also survived by nephews, Dr. Stephen Patterson, Shelbina; Keith Patterson, Columbia; and David Karlson, Cincinnati, Ohio, and their families; and his dear friends, Julie and Troy Ragan of Maryville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Great River Honor Flight.

Pallbearers will be Austin Leatz, Zachary Leatz, Dr. Stephen Patterson, Keith Patterson, Bob Karlson and Troy Ragan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Glahn and Gary Brown.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.