Luke David Lillmars

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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Jim Carroll
August 4, 2011 at 10:16 am

Luke was a good guy and such a pleasure to work with at CMEA. He will be missed.

Alan Carroll
August 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

Thank you Rose for letting Luke spend so much time with us at CMEA. Luke was truely a professional in everything he was involved in. Luke will be deaply missed in the electrical community.

bianca robbins
August 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

When I worked at clarebridge Luke alway reminded me to smile everyday..he would give me a huge bear huge every morning. I will alway remeber him…love you guys..

Dave Fisher
August 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

To Rose and Family … I will always remember the great times we spent together at the girls basketball games and the MSU football games. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

John and Carol Holms
August 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Great times at Waverly High School are remembered: Assistant football coaching, Football Concessions, and Varsity Club.

Other remembrances:

MSU football games over the years were especially memorable with Luke-pregame tailgating as well as sitting with him during the games.

A “UP” fishing trip that took three days to get out of Muskegon because everyone knew Luke and wanted to be with him.

Picking blueberries at the farm while Luke was at WMU taking a one credit class

An occasional “pou na pous” at the Polish Home.

Las Vegas and Kentucky Derby trips with Rose and Luke were especially fun.

You were a wonderful teacher, husband, father, grandpa, and the best friend anyone could have. Thanks for being a big part of our lives. We will certainly miss you!

Our prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

We will miss you.

Mary Beth (Fisher) Arens
August 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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!

Brenda Rayle
August 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

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.

August 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

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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