Leland “Lee” W. Tillberg, 68, died Friday, September 25, 2015, at Asbury Park in Newton, Kansas. He was born June 22, 1947, in Salina, Kansas, to Lawrence and Rosalind (née Johnson) Tillberg. Lee was baptized on September 28, 1947, and confirmed on September 24, 1961, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Salina, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School in 1965 and went on to earn his undergraduate degree at Ft. Hays State University; Lee later earned a Master’s degree from Friends University. On August 8, 1970, he married Rhonda Meier in Hays, Kansas, and she survives of the home. He worked as a loan officer for the former Kansas State Bank in Newton and also worked at Orscheln, Tractor Supply Company as well as Wild Trucking. Lee was a history buff, enjoyed reading and researching family genealogy, and was a member of the Wichita Civil War Round Table. Travelling with his wife to visit their children was a favorite past time. Lee had a knack for fixing things and enjoyed remodeling and construction around the house. His greatest joys were his wife, children, and grandchildren and he greatly looked forward to spending time with his loving family and friends.
Lee is survived by his wife Rhonda; sons Chad Tillberg and his wife Emily Eaton of Amity, Oregon, and Travis Tillberg and his wife Jessica of Englewood, Colorado; daughter Ashley Hruska and her husband Michael of Knightdale, North Carolina; brothers Arnold Tillberg and Gordon Tillberg, both of Salina, Kansas, Eldon Tillberg of Smolan, Kansas, and Vernon Tillberg of Phoenix, Arizona; sister Vivian McCulley of Monroe, Tennessee. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Cedric, Olive, Ava, and Hannah, with another granddaughter arriving any day.
Lee is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elda Jean Richards.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, Kansas, with Reverend Deborah Hollifield presiding. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29, with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery Newton.
Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church Newton or Immanuel Lutheran Church Salina in care of Petersen Funeral Home.