George Lilienthal, of Mora, formerly of Quamba, died on Friday, May 1, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 91
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 6th at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba. VISITATION will be 2 hours prior to the service (from 9:00-11:00 A.M.) on Wednesday at the church.
George William Lilienthal was born June 30, 1917 at home in Pomroy Township, Kanabec County, Minnesota to William and Orpah (Butler) Lilienthal. He grew up on the family farm, the second of eight siblings, and attended country school. He graduated from Mora High School in 1936. After high school he farmed with his father. The family purchased the first rubber tired Farmall M tractor in 1940, which they used for custom farm work throughout Kanabec County and as far away as Isanti. On September 12, 1942 George married Evelyn Ostrom. Donald, the oldest of 7 children, was 6 months old when George was drafted into the US Army during WWII and served in Occupied Germany. George and Evelyn farmed north of Quamba until retirement when son Daniel took over the farming operation. George had driven school bus for Quamba and Mora schools for 34 years. George and Evelyn were snowbirds to Texas and Arizona for 26 years until 2006 when declining health forced them to move to Woodcrest apartments in Mora. George was an active member in Quamba Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School bus driver. His hobbies included hunting earlier in his life, watching the Minnesota Twins and had an interest in antique trains. He enjoyed several fishing trips to Canada with his sons. He enjoyed snowmobiling, motorcycling and 4-wheeling. He spent many happy camping weekends and vacations with the family including 2 trips to Sweden. He put God first in his life and he loved to pray, but he also loved Evelyn, his wife of 66 years, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; and enjoyed all the family gatherings, parties and holidays. George was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Ruth (Dick) Borne, Susan (Harvey) Unger; brothers Elmer, Forest and Robert Lilienthal; sons Dennis and David Lilienthal; daughter-in-law Kris Clementson Lilienthal; great-granddaughters Madison Jade Lilienthal and Kelsey Dawn Jacobson.
George is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Mora; children Donald (Donna) Lilienthal of Cyrus, MN, Richard (Linda) Lilienthal of Brook Park, Ruth (Dwight) Anderson of Grantsburg, WI, Daniel (DeAnna) Lilienthal of Brook Park, and Russell (Donna) Lilienthal of Minnetonka; daughters-in-law Wendy Lilienthal of Isanti and Gayla Lilienthal of Duluth; grandchildren Dawn (Randy) Jacobson, Darren (Sarah) Lilienthal, Tina (Joe) Hengel, Troy (Angel) Lilienthal, Matt (Janel) Anderson, Todd Anderson, Kyle (Melissa) Anderson, Tara Steltz, Ryan and Erica Johnson, Jedidiah and Dalton Lilienthal, Jordan and Paige Lilienthal, Brandon, Spencer and Tanner Walters, Jacob, Joshua and Jared Lilienthal; fifteen great-grandchildren; sisters Esther Korsch and Rachel Vreeland both of Mora; sister-in-law Mary Lou Lilienthal of Quamba; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 6th at Quamba Baptist Church. Rev. Ivan Fiske officiated. Music was provided by Zachary Jorgenson, Todd Anderson and Northern Lights Blue Grass group. Song leader was Gordon Hallstrom. Pallbearers and Honorary Pallbearers were all of George’s grandchildren. Military Honors were provided by the Mora American Legion Post 201. Final disposition was by cremation.