AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Daniel Lilienthal, of Brook Park, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the U of M Hospital. He was 64 years old.
A private graveside service will be held.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Daniel James Lilienthal, known as “BOONE” by those that knew and loved him, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the University of MN Medical Center – East Bank Campus in Minneapolis due to complications from his chemotherapy pill. He fought a courageous battle his last 1-1/2 weeks on this Earth, but in the end bacterial pneumonia was too much for his body to fight off. He was 64 years old.
Dan was born on January 25, 1956 at the Kanabec Hospital in Mora, Minnesota to George and Evelyn (Ostrom) Lilienthal. He grew up on the family farm north of Quamba, the fifth of seven siblings, and attended Quamba Tech, as he called it. He then attended and later graduated from Mora High School in 1974. After High School he continued his love for the dairy industry by expanding his own herd of milk cows. He married Gayla Randall on June 4, 1976 at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba. To this union they welcomed daughter Tara in 1976 and later divorced in October 1993.
On September 10, 1994 he married DeAnna Johnson at St John’s Lutheran Church in Kroschel and welcomed her children, Ryan and Erica, as his own. To this union two sons were born: Jedidiah and Dalton.
Dan was a Farmer from the beginning of his life until the very end. He was a proud Dairy Farmer for 47 years until the cows were sold in January 2019. He was a Bus Driver for 34 years for the Mora School District. He will also be remembered as a friend, a hunter, a bull-shitter, a story teller and so much more. He was on the Board for the Kanabec County American Dairy Association and also a member of the Farm Service Agency Board. He loved to hunt with family – the hunting shack was a family favorite hang-out spot. He loved to bowl mixed doubles and men’s league with family. Vacations consisted of attending County Fairs, State Fairs and watching the kids and grandkids show various animals. The family traveled to Zortman, Montana a few times to visit DeAnna’s family. He even went to Vegas in 2013 with DeAnna and friends and lived to tell about it.
In 2006, Dan started his journey with cancer. He tried four different types of chemotherapy treatment through the following years, a stem cell transplant, treatment with an experimental drug and finally his last treatment of a chemotherapy pill in 2016 which killed the tumors, but also weakened his immune system.
Dan put God first in his life, but he also loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and enjoyed family gatherings and holidays. He was a wonderful, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. In 2019 Dan became an ordained minister to officiate his granddaughters wedding.
Dan was preceded in death by his brothers Dennis and David, sister-in-law Kris, father George, and father-in-law Harley.
Dan is survived by his wife DeAnna; children Tara Lilienthal, Ryan (Melinda) Johnson, Erica (Gregg) Vork, Jedidiah (Kristy) Lilienthal, Dalton Lilienthal; grandchildren Caylee (David) Belden, Marissa Steltz, Abbigail Johnson, Laken Vork, Kenadee Johnson, and Kasen Vork; great-grandchildren Ryder Belden and Baby Girl Belden, due in May 2020. He is also survived by his mother Evelyn; brothers Don (Donna), Richard (Linda), Russell (Donna); sister Ruth (Dwight) Anderson; sister-in-law Wendy; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
A private family graveside service and burial was held at the Brook Park Cemetery. A Celebration of Dan’s life will be held at a future date.