Graveside service for Harlan Lill, 91, Lawrence, will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Garfield Cemetery in Garfield, Kansas. He died April 1, 2016 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence.
He was born on May 11, 1924 in St. John, Kansas the son of John and Alice (Kennedy) Lill.
During WW2 Harlan served in the 8th Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot and co-pilot. Following the war Harlan attended the University of Kansas studying Journalism. After a short period with the Larned newspaper Harlan became the long-time publisher and editor of the Plainville Times. Harlan was an active member of many organizations including Lions club, VFW, Masons, Chamber of Commerce, and others. He was a member and deacon of the First Christian Church in Plainville. Harlan will be remembered as an avid sports fan of the Plainville Cardinals, the University of Kansas Jayhawks and The Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.
He married Dorothy Polson on July 19, 1950 in Garfield, Kansas. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include one son, Jon and wife, Rita, Tonganoxie, KS; two daughters, JoAnn Wempe and husband, Peter, Lawrence, Jeanette Davis and husband, Kevin, Castle Pines, Colorado, eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his eight brothers and sisters.
The family will greet friends at a later date at the First Christian Church in Plainville, KS.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Christian Church of Plainville or Grace Hospice in Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, Kansas 66044.