Paul B. Lillis 4-25-2010
B. Lillis, 89, of Winona Lake, Indiana, died on 4/25/2010 at
12:30 pm at Grace Village Healthcare Center, Winona Lake, IN. He
was born on February 17, 1921 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Paul was born to Milan F. and Mary
(Gumminger) Lillis. He was united in marriage to Leslie
Ann Weary in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 1951.
Paul was one of Leahey's Lads and
the Captain of the undefeated 1941 Notre Dame football team. He
was a member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club and Sorin Society. In
World War II, then Lieutenant Paul Lillis served as a PT Boat
captain in the South Pacific Theater. During his faithful
service to his country he received the Silver Star and Purple
Heart for actions in combat.
He started his career in sales
and later purchased Liquefied Industrial Gasses where he became,
for a time, the cryogenics expert of the Midwest. After
retiring to Hampstead, NC Paul became the driving force behind
and founding member of St. Jude's Catholic Church. Moving to
Winona Lake, IN, in 2004, he became an active member of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church of Warsaw, IN.
Surviving are Paul's wife of 58
years, Leslie, his children, Leslie (Mark) Piazza of Warsaw,
IN, and Steve (Lynn) Lillis of Phoenix, AZ. along with 6 grandchildren:,
Megan and Melissa Piazza, and Lisa, Laura, Stacie, and Sean Lillis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Milan F.
Lillis of Buffalo, New York, and his sister, Rita Marie Ernst
of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Monsignor James Wolf of the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church will officiate the Funeral Mass. Military
honors will be rendered by the Warsaw American Legion Post #49
and the V.F.W. Post #1126 of Warsaw, Indiana, at Oakwood Cemetery.
Services will be held at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church Warsaw, Indiana, on Monday, May 10, 2010
at 10:00 am. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery - Warsaw, Indiana.
McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel
- Warsaw, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements. The
family kindly requests memorial contributions be directed to:
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
125 North Harrison St.
Warsaw, In. 46580
Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice
1515 Provident Dr.
Warsaw, IN 46580 (9-8-10)