Jone Harold Lillemon, 85, a resident of the Hillsboro, Oregon community, peacefully passed away in his sleep September 5, 2009 at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.


Jone was born October 14, 1923 in Harvey, North Dakota. He was one of eight children born to William and Cora (Anderson) Lillemon. He was raised in Harvey and attended school there.


Jone enlisted into the US Army during WWII, served his country in the European Theater, landing at Cherbourg, France D-Day +2 and was honorably discharged in 1945, receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Stars and other medals of honor.


Jone married Alma Johnson June 16, 1951 and celebrated their 50th anniversary prior to her death in 2002.  He moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in 2005 to be closer to his family.


Jone was owner/operator of Jone’s Painting and Decorating. He and Alma operated their  business in Minot until his retirement in 1985. He was highly respected in his profession and took pride in his craftsmanship.


Jone enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping as well as listening, singing and dancing to country music. He looked forward to a Saturday night out with Alma, along with friends and family. He had a good sense of humor and rarely turned down a good game of bingo.


Survivors include his two daughters and their spouses: Debra and Daniel Wilhelmi of Hillsboro, OR; JoAnna Wayt and Alex Galczynski of Fountain Hills, AZ; four grandchildren: Lori, Danny, Candice, Joni, and four great grandchildren: Morgan, Gavin, Martin and Aidan.


The family suggests donations in Jone’s name to: Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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