Luke LillmarsAge 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.

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    Anonymous Says:

    As a former student and Varsity club member, I remember him well. I loved PE with him, and loved how is was so gentle. He always let me sneek out early for lunch as I went home most every day. I am sorry he had to battle with Alzheimers. My own father is battling the disease now. Bless him for his difficult journey and bless you all for having to endure watching someone you love die slowly. Its a LONG grieving process when someone has Alzheimers. Remember the good times as I am remember the wonderful teacher he was.

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    Brenda Rayle Says:

    Leslie and family….So very sorry for your loss. I remember ‘Mr. Lillmars’ best when he coached my daughter in pee-wee basketball. He was always an encouraging coach and had a special way of teaching; she loved to play for him. Everyone that knew Luke loved him. He will surely be missed. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Mary Beth (Fisher) Arens Says:

    To Rose, Cindy & Leslie (Family) my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As the years have passed I still think of the wonderful times we had growing up. Those memories will always be with me and glad that your family was a part of my family. We sure had a great time when we were together!

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