Bill Lilliman

October 19, 1921 — May 6, 2007

Bill Lilliman

Billy Lilliman Billy V. "Bill" Lilliman, 85, of Viola, died Sunday, May 6, 2007, at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Dennison Funeral Home in Viola. Burial is in Viola Cemetery, with military rites conducted by Mercer County VFW Post No. 1571. Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Viola Fire Department. He was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Gilchrist, Ill., the son of John and Alma Peterson Lilliman. He married Elloise Calmeer June 5, 1943, in Shreveport, La. Bill attended rural schools in Mercer County and graduated from Viola Community High School. At a young age he worked at the Curtis Meat Market in Viola, he later worked at Servus Rubber, Rock Island for a few years. Bill then was a roofer prior to being drafted in 1942. After the war he worked at Birtman Electric in Rock Island, he was hired by John Deere in 1950 at Planter Works in Moline. He retired at John Deere Plow & Planter works as an inspector after 33 years of service in 1983. Bill was in the United States Army during World War II, serving in the European theater as member of the 11th Armor Division and particapted in the Battle of the Bulge and was discharged in 1946. Bill enjoyed golfing, bowling, models, and his dogs and was a faithful supporter of the Viola Fire Department. He worked on restoring Model A Fords and often was seen driving his 1928 Model A Roadster Pickup in parades and around town. He also had uncanny ability to associate people with their automobiles, both current and past models. He was a past member of the Viola Village Board, Sanitary District, and Winola School Board. He was a member of the Viola United Methodist Church. Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Elloise Lilliman, Viola; one son, William (Crissy) Lilliman, Milan; grandchildren, T.J. Lilliman and fiancee, Tracey Mueller, Ashley, Lindsay, and Airman Heather Lilliman; two great-grandchildren, Eliza Lilliman and Kayden Serrano; one siser, Joyce Stevens, Galesburg; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. Online condolences may be left at

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