Gerald E. "The Colonel" Lillie, 71, Almena, Wis., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born June 13, 1948, at Cumberland to John and Ethel (Bisher) Lillie. He lived in Cumberland until he moved to Rice Lake with his brother Fred and Helen Lillie. He graduated in May of 1968 from Rice Lake High School. The following year, Gerald enlisted in the United States Air Force, served in the Vietnam War and retired after seven years in 1975.
During his time in the service, Gerald was stationed in Spokane, Wash., with his first wife and had his first son, Raymond. Divorced, he moved back to Cumberland, met his second wife, Rhonda, and had his daughter, Jamie, and sons Joshua and Jordan.
He divorced and then married Lori Strenke in 2003.
Gerald lived in Almena until his passing. After his military service and returning to Wisconsin, Gerald worked for 3M until his retirement in 2008.
He enjoyed deer hunting, truck and tractor pulls, camping, fishing, gardening, doing 4H with his children, watching his Packers, and working on vehicles for family and friends.
Surviving are his wife Lori; children Jamie Taylor of Spooner, Joshua of Almena and Jordan of Almena; stepsons Anthony Miller of Turtle Lake and Tyler Miller of Almena; granddaughters Morgan Taylor of Hudson and Evelyn Miller of Almena; siblings John (Anita) of Cumberland, Nancy (Dean) Haugen of Apple Valley, Minn., Patricia (Russell) Workman of Barron and twin sister Carol (Patrick) Hause of Barron; stepbrothers Tommy (Char) Lillie and Daniel (Jessica) Lillie, both of Cumberland; stepsisters Marlene (Mike) Lampkins of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sandy (Jeff) Miller of Nashua, Minn.; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends.
Gerald was preceded in death by a son Scott; his parents; sisters Betty (Norm) Ricci and Louise Lillie; brothers Fred (Helen) and Richard; his stepmother Deloris Lillie; a step-nephew Justin Lillie; and his grandparents.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, from Skinner Funeral Home, Cumberland, with Pastor Tim Schmidt officiating. Burial will be held at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, rural Spooner, in the spring. Military honors accorded by Almena VFW Post #8512.
Visitation was held an hour prior to services from the funeral home.