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In Memoriam: NIA Past President Wayne Worden Killion

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Wayne Worden Killion, past president of the National Insulation Association, passed away on March 31, 2013. He was 87 years of age. Born on August 28, 1925, in Irwin, Iowa, Killion served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Line Officer on the USS Ozark. In 1964, he became VP of Finance for Shook & Fletcher Supply Co., which he purchased three years later with five partners. He served in multiple positions on the Shook & Fletcher Supply Co. Board of Directors, eventually becoming chairman of the board before his retirement in 2002. He played a crucial role in transforming Shook & Fletcher Supply Co. (now Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co.) into one of the largest industrial insulation companies in the Southeastern U.S.

Killion also served as president of both the Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association as well as the National Insulation Association, and received the NIA President's Award in 2004--the organization's highest honor. A very active advocate for the insulation industry, he served as a delegate in the World Insulation Acoustical Congress Organization, and also as a treasurer for the International Insulation Contractors Organization. In recognition of his many accomplishments and dedication to his industry, he was inducted into the Birmingham Business Hall of Fame in 2011.

Killion also enjoyed a very active civic and political life. One of his proudest accomplishments was creating the Christine Cooper Killion Scholarship Fund at Birmingham Southern College and the Christine and Wayne Killion Student Progress Scholarship at the University of Montevallo.

Wayne is survived by Christine Howard Killion, his loving wife of 67 years; his two sons, Wayne Worden Killion Jr. and Christopher Howard Killion; his five grandchildren--Wayne W. Killion III, Charles David Killion, Cooper Reever Killion, Judson Shores Killion, and Graham Shores Killion--and his sister Marjorie Lowery.

Services were held April 4 at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Birmingham Area Command of the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 11005 Birmingham, AL 35202. 


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