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Paul B. Lillis            4-25-2010

     Paul 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)

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