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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 was held at the Brook Park Cemetery.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 12:00 noon til whenever on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at the Double D Farm (2867 Rainbow Street- Brook Park, MN 55007) with a short service at 12:30 pm.

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 and Paisley Belden. 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.

27 thoughts on “DANIEL J. LILIENTHAL”

  1. Sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a great guy and a good neighbor. Always lent a helping hand when needed. He will be missed.

  2. Sending our thoughts and prayers with Dan’s passing. Had great times bowling with Dan. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. I am so sorry to hear this. I saw Dan this winter, we had a real nice visit! The family, has my deepest condolences!🙏🙏

  4. Deanna,
    I’m so saddened to hear of Danny’s passing. He was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. My thoughts, prayers and hugs go out to you and your family during this difficult time💖

  5. I’m so sorry to hear this. Danny was my bus driver. God bless and my deepest sympathy for the family.

  6. Deanna, I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a good neighbor and great bus driver for my daughter’s. My condolences to you and your family. He will be deeply missed.

  7. We are so sad to hear of Dan’s passing. On behalf of Henry and I and our family, prayers for healing during this hard time. And Dan, may he Rest In Peace.

  8. Deanna and boys. We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed Tuesday morning coffee. Was nice to remember the old days. He will be missed. Prayers for you all.

  9. Deanna and family. I was so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  10. Sad to hear this; another one lost from the class of ’74. Prayers & condolences to all the family.

  11. I’m going to miss Boone. I’m going to miss him yelling at Jed to go home from bowling. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  12. Deanna and family, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are a living tribute of his love and the life he lived. Hugs and healing thoughts to you and your family.

  13. Boone, you are going to be missed. I’m so grateful for you and all of the family. Your kindness to the kids(Ryan and Melinda) and the granddaughters was so appreciated. You and Dee are two of the most awesome people I have ever met. Until we meet again…. Go Twins, Vikings, etc. Jim Ertle

  14. Deanna, I was shocked to heard the news about Danny from my mother on the phone because I live in Massachusetts now and broke a tears, I am gladly that i came to farm to see you guys last summer and we had a pizza together and talks. I am glady i get to hug Danny last summer since it been very long times that i haven’t see you both.
    Love, Michael

  15. Tara & family-

    I called Tara right when I heard the news and was shocked. I told her I was here for anything.

    I’ve known this family for years and have great memories for sure from the few years I lived in Mora when I was younger. Tara and I had many sleepovers, playing at each other house, etc. Some of the best were just hanging out on the school bus in her yard.

    Even though at times we don’t see each other in person we have social media and our cell phone numbers to keep in touch, which I am so glad for.

    I saw and talk with Dan in August at Caylee’s wedding. It’s was as if all the years never passed. That is the best thing about family friends like the Lilienthal’s.

    Dan is watching over his family now and will forever be in your heart, memories, and life. Take care during this time and I send my deepest sympathy.

    Jill, Eric, Karlee & Noah Miller

  16. So sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. Came as quite a surprise as he’s been so tough throughout his struggle with cancer. Prayers to all his family. Bob & Melanie Halverson

  17. So sorry to hear about Dan. He was my kid’s favorite bus driver. I also enjoyed many stories and laughs with him at the hospital. Love and peace to all of you. Kris, Katie, Will, and Jack Kemp

  18. My thoughts and prayers go to Boone’s family and loved ones…he was a dear man, with a wonderful sense of humor, always willing to chat and have some fun….kind of mischievous at times. He will be missed…

  19. DeAnna and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Boone was a wonderful man and will be missed by all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤ Carrie and Jason

  20. Tom and I are so saddened with Dan’s passing. He will truly be missed by so many especially at the county fair. RIP Dan you will always be remembered!!

  21. Always enjoyed seeing Dan’s herd as we went north from Quamba. It was reassuring to know there were still dairy farmers around. Greg & Darlene (Koepp) Nastrom

  22. Deanna, I am so very sorry. I would consider Dan one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Still have my last text with him. Would go to Mora Sales barn just so we could visit. He so loved to talk farming and was knowledgeable. The Angus bulls I bought from him were some of the best I’ve ever owned. I will think of him and miss him badly forever. Gary

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