June M. Illian, the daughter of Alice (Godfrey) and Brayton McKinney, was born June 18, 1924 at Wewela, South Dakota. She departed this life on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, Nebraska at the age of 95 years, 9 months and 29 days.
June received her formal education attending school at Spaulding and graduated with the class of 1942 with a certificate in normal training. She taught rural school at Primrose. In June 10, 1945 she was united in marriage with Doyle Illian at Spaulding, Nebraska. This union was blessed with six sons. Following their marriage they moved to Aurora, where she dedicated herself to being a loving and caring mother and homemaker. In 1960, the family moved to Republican City where they owned and operated The Illian's Island. They then moved to several other locations and June continued to work at various other jobs. At the time of her death she was living in Hastings at the Good Samaritan Villa.
In her leisure time she enjoyed reading, especially her newspapers. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the Nebraska teams. She was also an accomplished fisherman and loved pursued her passion whenever possible. Her love for her family was immeasurable and she treasured the time they spent together.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Doyle in 1994; and two sons, Dewey and Stuart Illian.
Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Shirley Illian of Red Bluff, California; Merle and Beverly Illian of Red Cloud, Nebraska; Jackie Illian of Clay Center, Nebraska; Dan and Jean Illian of Lincoln, Nebraska and Doug and Janice Illian of Westminster, Colorado. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Family graveside services were Monday, 11:00 am, April 20, 2020 at the Republican City Cemetery in Republican City with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating.
A memorial fund has been established by the family for later designation.
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