Andy Kilian, 19, of Sunnyside entered into the arms of his personal Savior, Jesus Christ in his sleep on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Yakima Memorial Hospital in Yakima.

Andrew John Kilian was born Feb. 5, 1990, in Sunnyside.

You know me inside and out,

You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,

Like an open book, you watched me grow,

All the stages of my life were spread out before you,

The days of my life all prepared

Before I'd even lived one day

Psalm 139:16

His love of family was expressed with tender hugs, quiet laughter and gentle teasing.

Andy was good-natured, kind-hearted, openly generous, and well-loved by his family and many friends, but he was fearless in his hopes of fairness in relationships and life.

He radiated loyalty and expected it in return. As much as Andy embraced the beauty of nature-the stars, the oceans, mountains and animals, he loved people. He was a lover of stories especially those told through movies. He sought out the stories of others listening intently to them, while only selectively sharing his own personal stories, challenges, struggles and successes; he spoke little of himself and wanted even less about himself known. And yet, Andy cultivated relationships with others especially those based on honesty and sincerity.

Andy cherished his relationship with God, he accepted Christ as his Savior this last April. Even though his struggle with depression robbed Andy of years of life, we, as friends and family, can confidently demand, "Death, where is your sting? Grave, where is your victory?" We are assured of the answer: not with Andy Kilian, for he is alive in Christ, free at last. Andy's past is finished. His present is upon him, and your future with Andy requires your decision for Jesus.

He is survived by a host of friends and family. Andy was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his parents, Mike and Melinda; his sister, Ashley; Andy's nephews, Michael and Brandon; his nieces, Emma and Nancy; his grandparents, John and Laura Jacobs and Winfield and Leona Kilian; his Godparents, Uncle Randy and Aunt Cindy Boast; Aunt Nancy Hazzard; Uncle Bob Jacobs; Lora Klienow and companion, Jim Roland; Uncle Mark and Aunt Tonya Kilian; cousins, Tanner and Amanda Tobin, Corey and Harry Jacobs, Sam and Jennifer Ramos, Sarah Hazzard and Dave Clark, Jacob and Amber Hazzard, Corey and Jolene Klienow, Tara Klienow, Jaden and Lucas, Danielle and Taylor Kilian. Andy loved his second cousins including, Calla and Zaiden Tobin, David and Anthony Ramos, Brenton Littleton, Taylor and Cooper Hazzard and Janet and Brice Klienow; many great aunts, uncles and cousins; and friends.

Andy loved his family and friends and awaits them in heaven, smiling that teasing smile but rejoicing always in the eternal presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Andy was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; and his uncle Davey.

A memorial service will be held at Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at 2 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Jason Foundation, 18 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville, Tenn. 37075

He Only Took My Hand

"Last night while I was trying to sleep,

My son's voice I did hear

I opened my eyes and looked around,

But he did not appear.

He said: "Mom you've got to listen,

You've got to understand

God didn't take me from you, mom

He only took my hand.

When I called out in pain that night,

The instant that I died,

He reached down and took my hand,

And pulled me to His side.

He pulled me up and saved me

From the misery and pain.

My body was hurt so badly inside,

I could never be the same.

My search is really over now,

I've found happiness within,

All the answers to my empty dreams

And all that might have been.

I love you all and miss you so,

And I'll always be nearby.

My body's gone forever,

But my spirit will never die!

And so, you must all go on now,

Live one day at a time.

Just understand-God did not take me from you,

He only took my hand."

Author Unknown


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