LILLYA, Edward H.
Born on September 28, 1922, to Swedish-born parents, the youngest of five children. He was raised on a small farm in New Jersey and attended a one-room schoolhouse, with one teacher for his entire grade school education.
After high school, Ed attended Beacom Business College, and then briefly worked at the Dupont Company plant nearby. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet. Ed served as an instructor pilot for B-29's, and completed his service with the rank of Captain. After the Air Force, he studied accounting at the University of Miami, where he also joined the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Ed lived and worked in Denver, Colorado, prior to moving to Sacramento. Here he worked as the controller of Hale Brothers Associates, a venture capital investment company. Their investments involved many land holdings, including Florin Center, Bird Cage Center, El Dorado Hills, and Woodbridge Ranch.
Ed was preceded in death by his first wife Germaine (Gerry) Wieland Lillya. Ed and Gerry were the proud parents of Judy Lillya Greenhill Johnson (Ken), Steve Lillya (Monica), Terry Lillya Healy (Tom), Betty Lillya Ettinger (Robin); proud grandparents of Kerry Greenhill, Colin Greenhill, Scott Healy, Mark Lillya, Shane Lillya; and great-grandparents of Anneliese Greenhill-Raymond.
Ed was also preceded in death by his second wife Jeanne Williams Fleischman Lillya. Jeanne was the mother of Martin Fleischman (Paula), Steve Fleischman (Linda) and Chris Fleischman; the grandmother of Christy Fleischman Jones, Laura Fleischman, Eric Fleischman, Martin Fleischman, Katy Fleischman, Jeanne Fleischman; and the great-grandmother of Alyssa and Sydney Jones.
Church and other organizations were important to Ed. He was a long-time member of Advent Lutheran Church, the Rotary Club of Sacramento, the Grandfathers Club, The Sacramento Pioneer Association, and the Serrano Country Club.
Ed enjoyed traveling, sailing, skiing, playing bridge, and especially gathering with his family.
He moved to Eskaton Village following Jeanne's death in 2002 and was very happy there.
Ed died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family. After a short hospital stay, he went quickly and without pain, the way he wanted. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 12th, 2014, 11:00AM at Eskaton Village in Carmichael. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FSH Society (Muscular Dystrophy) at www.fshsociety.org
Published in The Sacramento Bee from June 12 to June 15, 2014