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Kenneth R. Lilly Obituary
LILLY, Kenneth R., MSgt., USAF (Ret.); passed away on April 24, 2014; at the age of 70; after a short bout of Alzheimer’s Disease, which also sadly claimed his mother, Gladys, his brother, Marvin, and his sister, Nancy. Ken was the beloved husband and companion for 38 years of Nadine Hanlon Lilly, the love of his life. A loving and proud father, he is survived by his children, Morten Christensen of Denmark, Sean Henderson and Rachel Hutton, both of Michigan, Nicole Lilly Mazur of Pennsylvania and their spouses; loving grandfather to Brandon, Connor, Landon, Tynan, Aidan, Jakob, Bryson, Kenna, Malina, and Tobias who were his pride and joy. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ken was the outspoken heart and soul of his extended family and will be missed and remembered well. A native of Detroit, Ken was born on July 29, 2943. He attended Farmington High School before joining the Air Force in 1960 and was a retired Air Force Master Sergeant in Air Traffic Control for 21 years, serving his tours of duty in Greenland, Vietnam, Germany, Florida, and California. After retiring in 1981, he continued his studies at Oakland Community College and the University of Michigan, Dearborn studying Anthropology and History. He later taught ROTC at Southfield High School (1986-1991). In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, Genealogy, traveling, and spending time with his family and corresponding with friends. A “Celebration of his Life” party is tentatively planned for May. His family would like to thank Advantage Hospice and Sunrise of Bloomfield for their excellent care. Donations in Ken’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. wwwpixleyfuneral.com
Published in The Oakland Press on Apr. 27, 2014
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