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Theodore V. Lilja, 84

Theodore V. “Ted” Lilja, 84, of Amboy, died June 5, 2016 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. 
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy with Pastor Barbara Otten officiating. Burial will follow at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center with military honors by the Amboy American Legion. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy with a Masonic Rite at 7:30 p.m. and also on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Ted was born Dec. 16, 1931 in Kittson County, Minnesota to Edwin and Olive (Oaks) Lilja. He married Gladys Kirkeide in Greenbush, Minn. on Oct. 26, 1957.
Survivors include his wife of Amboy; one son, Edwin M. (Francine) Lilja of Amboy; one daughter, Lori J. (Tim) Sondgeroth of Dixon; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Lisa) Lilja and Nicole Lilja, Trevor and Brittney Sondgeroth; two sisters, Esther Underburg of Karlstad, Minn. and Lettie (Leroy) Larter of Lancaster, Minn.; one brother, Ronald (Rita) Lilja of Mendota; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Desch and 1 brother, Larrie Lilja.
Ted served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a farmer in Minnesota and then was an agent for Rockford Life Insurance Co. In 1971, he founded and co-owned Lilja Tiling Service in Amboy. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy, was a 50-year member and past master of Illinois Central Masonic Lodge 178, was a past member of the Lee County Board, past president of the Amboy Area Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Amboy Lions Club, member of Amboy American Legion Post 453, Mendota Moose Lodge 714, Dixon Elks Lodge 779, Rockford Shrine Club, Scottish Rite Valley of Freeport, and Star of Rochelle Chapter OES. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, hunting and four-wheeling.
Memorials have been established to the Amboy American Legion, Amboy Fire Department and Amboy Lions Club. Condolences may be sent online at 

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