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Ralph Lilja

April 25, 1925 April 27, 2007
Ralph Lilja
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Obituary for Ralph Lilja

Ralph Lilja, 82, of Vinton, passed away Friday, April 27, 2007, at Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton due to lung cancer.    Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Vinton Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Ron Sumption will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday, April 30, from 4 to 7 PM at Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and also one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Vinton, with graveside military rites by George G. Luckey American Legion Post #57 of Vinton.    Ralph was born April 25, 1925, in rural Vinton, the son of Linn Hilden and Elvira Hokenson Lilja. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Vinton in 1942.  He served his country in the United States Army during World War II.    Ralph married Clarice Karr on August 7, 1949, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.    Ralph worked as a petroleum salesman, first for Standard Oil and then for Farm Services, Inc. He retired in 1990.    Ralph had been a resident of Vinton for 58 years, and he was very active in his community. He was a 55-year member of the Vinton Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, a Deacon, and sang in the choir. He was a past Master of Masonic Lodge #62 AF + AM, past Worthy Patron of Eastern Star Chapter #90, and a 60-year member of George G. Luckey American Legion Post #57. He was also a member of the Cedar Rapids Consistory.    Ralph is survived by his wife of 57 years, Clarice Lilja of Vinton; his mother, Elvira Lilja of Vinton; one daughter, Brenda Kotouc of Bentonville, AR; four grandchildren: Stephanie Kotouc of Pea Ride, AR, Kristopher (Laura) Lilja of Prior Lake, MN, Haley Auston of Iowa Falls, IA, and Bethany Vieth of Tacoma, WA; six great-grandchildren: Jeremiah and Morgan Wachtel of Pea Ridge, AR, Annika and Elise Lilja of Prior Lake, MN, and Kiara and Kamryn Auston of Iowa Falls, IA; and extended family Linda and Ralph Kotouc of Pea Ridge, AR, and Mary and Jeff Vieth of Iowa Falls, Iowa.    He was preceded in death by his father, Linn Lilja, and his son, David Lilja.     A memorial fund has been established.

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