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Galen Lilja

July 26, 1931 — February 24, 2023

Pell City



Galen Lilja, 91, passed away on February 24, 2023, in Pell City, AL.

Galen Lilja was born on July 26, 1931 near Windom, KS and was one of four children.

Galen worked for Royal Typewriter as a service manager/technical instructor. He opened his own business; Eagle Business Machines in Center Point, AL. After he sold his business, he finished his career at Brookwood Hospital helping with office equipment. 

Galen was best known for his friendliness and made friends easily. He was a big Crimson Tide fan and liked to travel and play golf. He was also an accomplished bowler. He won Several tournaments and was a youth bowling instructor. 

Galen also served in the Navy from 1949 - 1950 on the USS Cavalier. He was honorably discharged to help on his family farm. 

Galen is survived by his son, Bradley Lilja of Fort Wayne, IN, daughter, Janice VanHorn (Alan) of Pell City, grandsons Dustin Lilja (Melissa) Newburgh, IN; Chad Leverett (Melissa) of Pelham; Jared Leverett (Amber) of Pell City; Jasen Ericksen (Jesica) of Anchorage, AK and Jessika Ericksen of Bowling Green, KY. He was very proud of his great grandchildren. Talon and Finnly Lilja, Will Leverett, Adyson and Braylyn Leverett and Michael Angelo and Jolene Espiritu (Jasen Ericksen)

Galen is preceded in death by his loving wife, Vada Jo Lilja, and by his daughters, Vickie Ericksen, Amy Lilja.

A memorial service will be held at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home on March 18th, 2023 at 12:00 PM. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 AM until service time. 

Burial will take place immediately following the memorial service in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Galen Lilja, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

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