Guy Illian, a resident of Eureka Springs, was born Sept. 12, 1907 in Russellville, a son of William Lee and Lena (Cowell) Illian. He died on Friday, Aug. 11 in Eureka Springs at the age of 98.
He attended high school in Galveston, Texas and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was transferred to the Philippine Islands where he served as an aircraft radio operator and repairman until 1941. He returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the 34th School Squadron, Scott Air Force Base as an instructor in aircraft radio operation and repair.
In 1946, he returned to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. In 1947, he returned to the U.S. In 1949, he was transferred to Japan for 27 months, where he served as station chief at Tageu, Korea in charge of ground control approach. He retired in 1959.
Illian was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Eureka Springs. He is survived by his niece, Sharon Tipton of Santa Fe, Texas; and his caregiver, Patty Davidson of Eureka Springs. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline Illian. On March 3, 1966, he married Gladys Bell (Foley) Illian who preceded him in death.
He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Grace Illian, Ruth Marie Illian, Maud Illian and an infant; and three brothers, Harry Lee Illian, Roy Illian and an infant.
A celebration of Illian's life will be held on his 99th birthday, Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Inn of the Ozarks. Cremation arrangements were made by Nelson Funeral Service. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.