Allan W. Lilja (1936 - 2015)

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Allan W. Lilja, 78, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Born in a small convent in St. Marys on Sept. 2, 1936, he was the son of the late Arthur W. and Anna Marie Lilja.
He married Nancy (Quirk) Lilja on Nov. 17, 1973, in Dagus Mines. She survives.
He attended a one room school in Dagus Mines and graduated from Kersey High School in 1954, where he lettered in basketball.
After graduation he worked as a tool and die maker at Stackpole in St. Marys. He volunteered as a fireman for Fox Township and was an ambulance driver. He spearheaded the first radio system and rescue squad in Fox Township. In November 1959, he joined the Army on the "Buddy System", being honorably discharged in 1961. He served in the 101st Airborne as a surveyor during recon in Cuba during the Cold War.
He then attended nursing school at the Clearfield Hospital and graduated in 1967. He later went on to anesthesia school at Hamot Hospital in Erie, and graduated as a certified nurse anesthetist in 1971.
He worked at Hamot Hospital until 1975. He came to the Maple Avenue Hospital in 1975 and later joined DRMC Hospital until his retirement in 2005.
He was baptized at Maria Lutheran Church in Dagus Mines. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in DuBois, where he was an active member.
Al was a member of Trout Unlimited, Bennett's Branch Watershed and the Pa. Western Conservancy. He was very active on and behind the scenes in cold water conservation, helping to keep our streams clean.
Al was an avid fly fisherman and hunter, passing his vast knowledge of the great outdoors to his son, nephews, and countless others. In his later years, he enjoyed emailing countless people and sharing his sense of humor. For the last six years, his favorite past times were reading and spending time with his beloved granddaughter, Addison. Allan was a very kind, loving, generous man that touched the lives of countless people, making our world a better place.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Andrew (April) Lilja, DuBois and his granddaughter, Addison. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, especially Mike Ogden of Mechanicsburg, Scott Ogden of Coudersport and Dave Ogden of Clearfield and their families.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Maxine Ogden.
Friends and family will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, June 22, at the Adamson Funeral Chapel Inc. in DuBois. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, at Christ Lutheran Church in DuBois with the Rev. John Miller officiating. Interment will be in Maria Lutheran Cemetery in Dagus Mines.
Memorial donations may be made to the , 1645 West 8th St., Erie, Pa. 16505.
Online condolences may be made at www.adamsonfuneral.com.
Published in The Courier Express from June 21 to June 22, 2015
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