Mr. Killion was born in Brooklyn and raised in Schenectady, NY. He attended Rutgers College from 1963 to 1967 where he studied business and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
After graduation, he enlisted in the US Army, completing his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, and Combat Engineer Officer Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, VA. Due to manpower needs, he was commissioned into the Transportation Corps, underwent further training at Fort Eustis, VA, and served there in a training capacity until being sent overseas.
In June 1969, he was deployed to serve in United States Army Support, Thailand, 519th Transportation Battalion, 53rd Transportation Company, overseeing short-haul convoys in-country during his year of overseas service. After leaving the US Army, Mr. Killion earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and spent his career in industrial sales and management in Indiana.