Sunday, October 21, 2018


Donald Lillrose


Donald J. Lillrose, age 79 of Haslett, Mich., passed away Dec. 3, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He was born Sept. 10, 1938 in Eagle River, Wisconsin to Emil and Lucille (Fiedler) Lillrose. Donald was raised in Haslett and graduated from Michigan State University. He was a Spartan through and through. 

Surviving are his wife, Irma Jean; son, Jeffrey Alan (Melissa) Lillrose; daughters, Jannie Lynn (Mark S) Sabo and Julie Ann (Bradley) Churchill; six grandchildren, Megan (Matthew) Davis, Matthew (Maggie) Sabo, Nicholas Lillrose, Benjamin Lillrose, Jackson Lillrose and Chance Churchill and brother, Richard Lillrose. Also survived by 14 nieces and nephews. 

Don’s love of family and friends always came first. His travels around the world were his passion but they always led him back home. 

Visitation at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River, East Lansing, Mich., Thursday 6-8 p.m.

 Funeral service at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5589 Van Atta Rd., Haslett, Mich., Friday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Donald J. Lillrose Memorial Scholarship Fund at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. 

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