Everett Carl Killian passed away May 10, 2021 surrounded by family. Everett was born in Aurora on November 8th, 1944 to Melvin and Elsie (Eckstrom) Killian.
At age 14 he was one of the youngest graduates of the Reppert School of Auctioneering. He ran his auction service for 35 years and also ran Everett Killian Piano Rebuilding since 1960. He was a lifetime collector and restorer of vintage mechanical music makers (pre-1930's phonographs, music boxes, player pianos, crank organs, etc.)He would convert pianos into working nickelodeons. He had an extremely mechanical mind and could build or fix anything. His children were very proud of him.
He also was a Model T owner and restorer. He loved anything with a
crank or flywheel.
Everett loved Vaudeville, Laurel and Hardy were two of his absolute
favorites. He had a tremendous sense of humor. He always had a joke with a great punch line.
Everett was preceded in death by his parents Melvin and Elsie, his infant sister Eleanor, his brother Verne, and sister-in-law Alice. He leaves behind his children: Cheryl (Gary) Kakuska of Sheridan, IL, Eric Killian of Indianapolis, IN, and Becky (Tyler) Klatt of Newark, IL, along with his previous wife Marla Killian. He had five grandchildren: Quentin, Dorothy, Eloise, Joshua, and Marian. He is also survived by his sister Margo (Charlie) Irvin of Holdingford, MN, his sister Gloria Korales of Yorkville, IL, and his brother Bruce (Virginia) Killian of Yorkville, IL, along with many nieces. JP Camp of Aurora, IL, his caretaker, and like another son, also survived him.
At Everett's request, there will be no visitation. A memorial will be held at a future date that is yet to be determined. Cremation services were handled by Care Memorial and Cremation Center Romeoville, IL.