Joseph (Joe) Bernett Lilje, Age 100


Last updated 12/14/2023 at 10:22am

Joseph (Joe) Bernett Lilje, Age 100

Mar. 29, 1923-Dec. 2, 2023

Passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2023 in Davenport, Wash. with his family surrounding him. Joe was born Mar. 29, 1923 in Newport, Wash. He was the only child of Bernett and Alice Lilje. He grew up in the Newport area and attended WSC (now WSU). As part of "The Greatest Generation" he enlisted in the US Navy on August 1943 during WWII, where he became a Naval aviator. He left active duty in 1945 and married the love of his life, Viola Raugust, on Dec. 9, 1945. After finishing his BA in Business at WSC in July of 1947 and shar...

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