John E. Lillie


John E. Lillie was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 10, 1937, the son of Leon and Dorothy Lillie of Wauwatosa, WI. John was united in marriage to the late LaVonne (Johnson) Lillie on February 10, 1973. He lived for decades in Worthington before spending the last 10 years in California.

John had a long career in the Navy from 1957 to 1977, last serving in California, and will be remembered as an avid golfer. John and LaVonne won the Couples Club Championship at the Worthington Country Club 9 times. In Worthington, John worked for years at Sorenson Aerial Spray Service.

John passed away May 7, 2022, following a long illness.

John is survived by sisters-in-law Althea Lillie of Wauwatosa, WI, and Joanne Johnson of Worthington, brother-in-law William Johnson of Oconomowoc, WI, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

John was preceded in death by his wife LaVonne, parents Dorothy and Leon, and by brother Richard L. Lillie of Wauwatosa, WI, sisters Delores (Richard) Kreitlow of Milwaukee, and Carol (Richard) Boehm of Hartland, WI, brother-in-law James Johnson of Worthington, and sister-in-law Ellen Johnson of Oconomowoc, WI.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN. Burial will be held in the Worthington Cemetery.

Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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