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Richard "Dick" Lilledahl

Cedar Rapids

Richard "Dick" Lilledahl, 84, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, after a short illness in the presence of his family at West Ridge Care Center, Cedar Rapids. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by the Rev. Steve Garner. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, with a rosary service at 4:30 p.m. Burial with military honors: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Carol; children, Richard "Dick" Lilledahl, JoAnne Lilledahl (Matt Novak) and Jeanne (Jeff) Starkey; grandchildren, Elliott, Evan and Nolan Starkey, Lucas Lilledahl and Austin Henderson; and many nieces, extended family and friends.
Richard Edgar Lilledahl was born April 24, 1934, in Cedar Rapids to Thor and Mary "Mamie" (Casey) Lilledahl. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1952, then began studying at the University of Iowa until joining the U.S. Army. Upon his return in 1956, Dick met Carol Strong at his coming home party, and they were married on Sept. 6, 1958, at St. Matthew's. He returned to the university to complete his bachelor's in accounting. He began working for Rockwell Collins, retiring after over 30 years in 1994.
Dick was a lifetime member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and participated in many of the church activities. He belonged to the Sons of Norway and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Dick enjoyed gardening flowers, raking, spending time outdoors, especially in the woods, watching birds and spending time with his pets. He loved taking his family on vacations, especially to the cabin on the Wapsipinicon River. He was a generous and giving person, had a great sense of humor and an optimistic mentality that everyone enjoyed. Dick cherished the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Sarah; infant daughter; son, Robert "Bob;" brother, Jack; nephew, John; and in-laws, Phyllis Lilledahl and Walt and Anita "Cookie" Strong.
Memorials may be directed to Meals on Wheels or St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Please share your support and memories with Dick's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.