Darwyn E. Kilian -- Rochester

January 28, 2019

Darwyn E. Kilian, age 75, of Rochester, died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Green Prairie Assisted Living in Plainview surrounded by his family.

Darwyn was born on Sept. 5, 1943, in Albert Lea, to Lester and Isabelle (Farr) Kilian. He graduated from Blooming Prairie High School and Minnesota State University — Mankato. Darwyn worked at Associated Grocery in Blooming Prairie.

On June 3, 1967, he married Mary Ann Wilkens in St. James. Darwyn worked at IBM in Rochester before starting Kilian Bros Trucking with his brothers and later his son. Darwyn was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He enjoyed working and driving his fleet of Peterbilt Tractor Trucks and Trailers and Allis Chalmers antique tractors.

He is survived by his children, Jason (fiancée, Wendy Winestofer) Kilian and Sarah (Jeff) Fieseler, both of Rochester; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Adrian (Dorothy) Kilian of Geneva, Minn.

Darwyn was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann; parents; and brother, Kenneth.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Karen Hagen Moskalik officiating. The visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, and one hour prior to the service at the church. The burial will be in Geneva Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. To share a special memory, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com.

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