Jack Lillis, 77, died at his residence in Detroit Lakes on Nov. 5, 2013. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the David Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. The David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes may be shared at www.daviddonehower.com.
Jack was born Sept. 19, 1936 in Richville, Minn., to Ned and Pauline (Schmidt) Lillis. He attended country school and later Perham High School. After school he started working for a farmer in North Dakota and later enlisted with the United States Air Force. He was stationed in California and Hawaii until he was honorably discharged. In 1956 he was united in marriage to Jean Smith in Ottertail. They resided in Frazee, Minn., Luce, Minn., Detroit Lakes and Fargo, N.D. Jack was employed by Bohn Electric until he received his electrical journeyman's license. For 20 plus years, Jack worked for Dynamic Homes in Detroit Lakes. He was united in marriage to Eileen Lillis Feb. 9, 1984 and together they resided in West Fargo, N.D., later moving to Detroit Lakes.
Jack retired as president of Dynamic Homes in the early 1990s and started Lillis Electric. He continued operating his business until his health permitted him from doing so. Jack retired in 2010. Eileen passed away Sept. 28, 2013. Being an avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially the trips to Lac Seul in Canada. Jack loved riding his Harley Davidson. He made the annual trip to Sturgis, S.D. from 1976-2009. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, teasing his grandchildren, playing cribbage, pinochle and smear where bending the rules was the norm for Jack. Jack fit the term "Jack of all trades," he could do anything from electrical, plumbing, woodworking and everything in between.
He will be remembered and missed by his children, Diane Lillis (Andy Heinle) of Bismarck, N.D., Steve (Vicki) Lillis of Phoenix, Jerry (Sherry) Lillis of Lincoln, Neb., Bob (Danita) Lillis of Mandan, N.D., Richard (Arlene) Lillis of St. Cloud, Minn., Jeff (Ranae) Grasto of Big Lake, Minn., and Jay (Melissa) Grasto of Otsego, Minn. In addition he is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Matthew, Christin, Mark, Jacob, Brooke, Paige, Nate, Chandra, Garrett Lillis, Jordyne, J.J., Coleton, Trevor, Arianna and Lane Grasto; one great-granddaughter, Peyton; brother, Ed (JoAnne) Lillis of Detroit Lakes; and three sisters, Lois (Ralph) Weis of Richville, Janette Papenfuss of Perham and Geraldine Lillis of Frazee; along with his constant companion, his dog "Choc."
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eileen; and two brothers, Paul and Richard "Junior."
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the National Arthritis Foundation PO Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077 (800-283-7800).