Frank Lilyard, Jr. died on June 14, 2007 at Highland Chateau Health Center in St. Paul, MN. He was 85 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Tuesday, June 19th, 1:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Chapel. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Frank Millard Lilyard Jr. was preceded in death by an infant sister, his father Frank, his mother Mary (Scoular), sister Gladys of Temple, Georgia, sister Fern of Wadsworth, Ohio, brother Ralph of Zimmerman, MN.
He is survived by wife Pearl Lilyard of Virginia Beach, VA, daughter Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell of Virginia Beach, VA, daughter Caroline Lilyard of St, Paul, MN, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Agnes Abbas of Walnut Creek, California and numerous nieces and nephews.
Frank was born in Fairmont, MN, April 11, 1922 and was the oldest of five children. His first ten years of school were attended in Fairmont. The family then moved to East Chain, where he graduated from high school in 1940. Following high school, he worked for 2 years at a feed mill, a hatchery, and a turkey farm in East Chain. While working at the hatchery, he met Pearl Wentworth, who later became his wife.
Frank enlisted in the United States Navy on September 18th, 1942 and was in the Naval Submarine division. He served on the USS Queenfish on numerous war patrols in the South Pacific during WWII. He was discharged December 22, 1945.
Frank married Pearl Wentworth February 12, 1947. They lived in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and farmed until he rejoined the Navy in 1948 and became a Master Chief Petty Officer. He served as the private secretary to three US Navy Admirals, and served 5 tours of duty, three in Europe, at the American Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, the Naval Headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and Navy Headquarters in London, England.
After retirement from the Navy in 1978, he returned to Minnesota, where he bought an 80 acre farm north of Mora. He loved the country and wished to stay there the rest of his life.
Frank loved history, reading, music, current affairs, and traveling. He spoke and wrote fluent Swedish, which he learned while living in Stockholm. He had many other interests too numerous to detail.
Family and friends will miss you dearly, Frank.