Age 69, of Grand Ledge, passed away August 3, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born September 11, 1941, in Saginaw, a son of Earl and Darlene Lillmars. Luke was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an electrical engineer, a teacher at Waverly High School, and a professor at MSU and LCC. He also spent many years as a coach and mentor to countless young people. Luke was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, and was active in IBEW Union and CMEA. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, and loved athletics, especially the Detroit Tigers and anything relating to the Spartans!
Surviving are: his wife, Rose; daughters, Cindy (Brian) Schertzing and Leslie (Steve) Mohnke, all of Grand Ledge; grandchildren, Bradley (Danni), Ashley, Austin, Brittney, Aaron and Trevor; brothers, Mark “Dan” (Mary Ann), Erik and Kirk Lillmars; and sister-in-law, Jacklyn Lillmars. He is also survived by many other sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews, and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gary; and an infant son, Joseph David Lillmars.
Luke’s family would like to express their thanks and sincere appreciation to the staff at Clare Bridge of Delta for all of their love, compassion, excellent service and personal care that was given to the family.
A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, August 6, 2011, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, with Pastor Roy C. Olsen, III, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran School Athletic Fund in memory of Luke Lillmars.