Christopher Wade "Whitey" Kilian, 56, Mesa Ariz., formerly of Russell, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

He was born May 16, 1958, in Russell to Donald Lee and Mary Ann Kilian.

After the oil industry crashed, he decided to open his own bar, called Whitey's.

Survivors include his father; three brothers, Sam, Russell, Donald Jr., Independence, Mo., and Dwight Kilian, Phoenix; two sisters, Sheila Verbraken, Mesa, and Sonya Voorhies, Show Low, Ariz.; and his stepchildren, Carla, Bobby and Stephanie.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell; cremation has preceded the service, and burial of the cremains will follow in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Russell.

Family will greet guests the day of the service.

Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, Russell, is in charge arrangements.