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Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church of Buffal
Friday, July 11th, 2008

Visitation Information

Lilja, Eric John age 39, formerly of Mpls. and Buffalo.

Survived by daughters, Kirsti and Katie Lilja; a brother, Scott Lilja of Knoxville, Maryland; a sister, Amy (John) Griffith of Maple Grove; nephews, Patrick and Jack Griffith; maternal grandfather, Harold F. Dickson; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas P. Lilja and Jo Ann nee Dickson; grandparents, Herbert and Dorothy Lilja and Leona Dickson.

Funeral service Friday, July 11 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.

Visitation at the funeral home Thursday, July 10 from 6 till 8 PM. Prayer service 7:30 PM. Further visitation at the church on Friday one hour prior to services.

10 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lynda Fossen

    Kirsti and Katie, my beautiful daughters. I am so sorry for the loss of your Father. Please know that he loved you two more than anything in the world. We as a family will get through this as we have many other situations.

    You are my world and my sunshine. I love you both and your Father will always be with you in your hearts and mind!

    Scott, Amy, John, Patrick, Jack and Grandpa Dickson. I share your loss and pain and I am so sad, but I can only hope Eric is happy now and looking down with a smile on all of us. I pray that we are all strong and can move forward and be there for support and love that we all need to get through this.

    Eric…. May you rest in happiness and peace.

  2. Kirsti Lilja

    hey dad,
    im sorry that your life didnt turn
    out the way you wanted it to and it
    led to what it led to, but i want you to know that you will always be in my heart. its frustrating to know thought that you won’t be there to see my graduate highschool, or go to college.
    that you won’t be able to see me grow up, but hopefully you are watching from above and that you are proud of me. i love you.

  3. Katie Lilja

    Hey Dad. I just wanted to say that you were the most incredible dad anyone could ever ask for. You always made me laugh when you were around and always knew how to make me smile. Thanks for taking me places even if you didn’t want to. Thanks for taking me to my soccer practices and cheering for me at my soccer game that you came too. I scored my first left foot goal and really wish you were there to see it. You were so awesome and cool and i miss you every second of the day and think about you non-stop. You are always going to be in my heart. I love and miss you so much dad. Yours always, Katie<3

    P.S. thanks for getting Tucker for us, he's the best puppy in the whole world and im glad we have him here


  4. Ed Blair

    Scott, Amy, John, Patrick, Jack and Grandpa Dickson,

    I’m sorry for this latest loss in your family. Your family has always been strong to get through them in the past and I know God will help you through this one.

  5. Teri Lachermeier

    Amy,John and to Eric’s entire family: May God Bless you all during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Ted Schroeppel

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. Growing up as neighbor kids on Lake Pulaski I have fond memories of Eric. I will never forget his infectious laugh and his outgoing spirit. My condolences to all of Eric’s family and Eric, may you rest in peace.

  7. Malissa Matchette

    To all members of the Lilja family, I am so very sorry for your loss. While I did not know Eric personally, I have witnessed what a support system he provided for his brother Scott over the past two years, and thought what a wonderful, loving and giving person he was to be there so much for him. I am confident that he is looking over and caring for all of you from above, and doing so much more now than he thought he could ever do here physically. Never doubt his presense. I’m sure that he loved all of you with all of his heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Deb (Carlson) Priebe

    Amy, Scott & all of Eric’s family – I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you through this time and the future months. Though I can not attend the services, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Janis Carlson

    To all of Eric’s family, I am very saddened for your loss and the difficult time you are enduring. I last saw Eric at our 20 year reunion and we had a chance to catch up. He spoke very highly of his daughters and it was obvious of how proud he was of you girls. You were the joy in his life and I know he will be watching over you with love and guidance. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficlult time.

  10. Tom Bitterly

    Eric, The Chilly Dog,
    I don’t what to say brother. This hurts so bad. We have had so many great times together. I feel so lucky to have had such a great friend in this lifetime. We were roommates for years in Minnesota and Michigan. You were the best man in my wedding. We shared so many wonderful times together at concerts, Twins, Vikings, Gopher, Tiger, and Red Wings games. I will always cherish our laughs, talks, getting our tattoos together, too many great memories to even try to put down in words. Our daughters were born 6 months apart. I remember how happy and proud you were to be a dad. Even the last time we spoke last fall you told me how much you loved them. You always cared about other people. You brought so much comfort to me when my father was dying. I know you had so much pain inside. I just wish somehow I could understand this. I Love you Chilly and you will always be in my thoughts until we meet again brother. You were such a fun, beautful person, that I will miss the rest of my life.
    Your friend always,
    Tom Bitterly


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