1918 - 1979 (60 years)
||Lyle L'roy Lillie |
||6 Aug 1918
||Oakfield Cemetery, Oakfield Township, Cedar Springs, Michigan
||29 May 1979
||Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Michigan Hospital
|Cause: 3rd degree burn on 90% of body |
||Oakfield Cemetery, Oakfield Twp, Kent County, Michigan
||Lucius | Decendants of George (Lillie) Lilly I
||22 Mar 2003 |
A year after Lyle had retired from Frederal Mogul in Greenville, Michigan, he and his wife Beatrice were staying in their little 2x4 cabin on Grand Traverse Bay, near East Port, Michigan. May 15, 1979, they rolled ou to fbed and decided to get some heat in the cabin. There was a free standing Franklin fire place that they used to heat the cabin on chily mornings.
They had built a fire the previous night before going to bed, but it seemed to be burned out and dead. Lyle went outside to get a fuel can with diesel fuel to pu ton the poor burning popular wood and to make the fire get going quickly. But, there was a gasoline in the fuel can and there was some fire in teh fireplace.
When he poored the gas on the wood there was an enormous explosion.
The explosion caused him to be burned 95% of his body with 3rd degree burns, and died three weeks later. Bea, his wife, was blown out of the babin some 30 feet and burned 35% of her body with 3rd degree burns.
She was able to walk a quater mile to people she knw and that did live there year round. With great difficulty she got her attention. Help was summoned adn they were moved to Charlovix and then flown to Willow Run, Michigan.
Treatment was done at the University of Michigan Burn Hosptial. Since that horriable day, it leaves bitter sweet memories as teh cabin had been a favorite vacation place for many years prior, for all of Bea and Lyle's children, their spouses, and most all of their grandchildren.
- Lyle was very mechanical, able to fix cars, televisions and radios
- Able to do electric, plumbing, and carpentry
- Worked as a journyman at Federal Mogual in Greenville, Michigan
- Attended a one room school called Lincoln Lake
- Also attended school at East Nelson
- [S7] empty.
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- [S9] Breathitt County, Kentucky - Family History Website, Jeanette Shouse & Stephen D. Bowling, (1998).
- [S12] Bradley T. Lillie, Bradley T. Lillie.