Gene Lillemon

Jan. 1, 1927-Feb. 20, 2018

Gene Lillemon, 91, of

Harvey died Tuesday,

February 20 at the St.

Aloisius Nursing Home of


Funeral services will be

held at the First Lutheran

Church of Harvey on Fri-

day, February 23, 2018 at

10:30 a.m.

Visitation will be held

at the Hertz Funeral

Home of Harvey on

Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6


Burial will be in

Bethania Lutheran

Cemetery, rural

Wellsburg, ND.

Gene Richard Lillemon

was born January 1, 1927

to Newell and Mable

(Hanson) Lillemon in

Wellsburg, ND. He grew

up on the family farm

which he loved. Gene at-

tended a country school

with his brother, Jim and

they either walked to

school or rode on a bike

together. He graduated

from Fessenden High


In 1947, Gene was

drafted into the Army and

he served time in Korea as

a cook. When he was

discharged, he returned to

Wellsburg and continued

farming with his father

and brother, Jim. They

were prosperous farmers

raising grain and cattle.

Gene was a true “steward

of the land.” He had an

extensive understanding

of what it took to protect

the land through conser-

vation, preservation and

moderation of the

resources. Gene retired in

1998 but continued to

drive to the farm every

day to check on things

and visit with Jim. They

always found something

to do. Gene was a

member of the Bethania

Lutheran Church of

Wellsburg until it burned

down. He then became a

member of the First Luth-

eran Church in Harvey,


Gene married Joyce

Mack on April 19, 1997

and they made their home

in Harvey, North Dakota.

They enjoyed traveling on

bus tours to various parts

of the US, attending the

Hostfest, traveling to Min-

neapolis to see their

friends or to Sartell or

Minot to see the

grandchildren. Gene was

a natural horseman had

was an avid rider in the

early years. He enjoyed

mealtime and especially

liked lutefisk, but his

all-time favorite were Rice

Krispie bars!

Gene is survived by: his

wife, Joyce, of 21 years;

his brother Jim Lillemon

of Harvey; two nieces and

their families; Joyce’s chil-

dren – Bruce (Susie)

Mack, Tim (Susan) Mack,

and Bonnie (Mark)

Hedlund and grandchil-

dren (Hannah, Tyler,

Alex, Madelynn &


In lieu of flowers

memorial are preferred to

First Lutheran Church or

donors choice.

Online condolences

may be shared at

Arrangements with

Hertz Funeral Home, Har-

vey, ND.