It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Lilly. This is a completely unexpected loss and our family is devastated by his passing. Michael Eugene Lilly, 45, of Fargo, ND, passed away on April 9th. Born in Fort Wayne, IN to John and Catherine Lilly. Michael loved cars and chose to pursue this passion by attending the University of Northwestern Ohio with a focus on high performance automotive technology after graduating from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1995. Michael’s impressive career in the automotive industry, including his current employment with Gateway Chevrolet, was only overshadowed by his love and dedication to his family. In 2003, he married Barbara and soon their family grew to include three amazing children. He was an ever-present, supportive, loving, generous, and fun father. He provided a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and a contagious smile. He shared his love of cars, football, and being on the water with his family. His sense of humor and fun-loving spirit will be forever remembered. Michael was predeceased by his father, John. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his children Abigail, Zachary, and Bailey, his mother Catherine, and brothers, Matthew and Nicholas, their spouses and children. The family is grateful for all the love, prayers and support during this difficult time. Services to be held at a later date in Indiana

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  1. I miss you Mike, we all miss you. You made a difference in my life. Thank you for your big smile and your passion for believing in people. God bless.

  2. Smiling Mike you’ll be truly missed!! You always could brighten my day with your larger than life smile and your kind and caring words!!!
    My heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to Mike’s family🙏🙏

  3. MIKE’S PRESENCE AND GENTLE SMILE IS MISSED DEARLY. WHENEVER I WAS IN THE SERVICE DRIVE OR AREA MIKE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE…AND HE LOOKED YOU RIGHT IN THE EYES. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE MET HIM . WATCHING HIM WITH HIS DAUGHTER DELIVERING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES BRINGS MY HEART TO SMILE…IT WAS SO OBVIOUS HOW PROUD HE WAS OF HIS DAUGHTER.
    .GOD’S PEACE TO YOUR FAMILY. MAY THE MEMORIES ETCHED UPON THEIR HEARTS BRING THEM COMFORT…MAY THEY FEEL HIS LOVE FOREVER. MAY YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ALWATS FEEL YOUR PRESENCE. FLY HIGH MIKE..GOD’S PEACE….

  4. For the short time I knew Mike, he always had a smile and there was never a minute that went by where he wasn’t happy. He was such a kind soul gone way too soon. Rest easy Mike.

  5. Cathy, Larry and I are so sorry for the loss of your son Michael. We are praying for you and your family that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and give comfort during this time and the days ahead. God bless you.

  6. Cathy, Stacey and I send condolences and prayers to you and your family. So very sorry for your loss.

  7. rest in piece mike. your smile and neverending glad spirit will be missed i am truly a better person for knowing you.
    goodbyes are not forever my friend they simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.
    to your family my sincere condolences i hope lord Jesus will wrap you in his loving arms and ease your pain.

  8. Sending condolences to you Cathy and your family , A wonderful son, Husband and father taken to soon. Sending prayers,

  9. Mike thank you for being a great friend! Family was the most important thing in this world to you without a doubt! I can’t even imagine you and your family being apart from each other. I appreciate how you always included your coworkers and myself as your second family.
    All of your actions each and everyday displayed your selflessness. While you left this life too early… I have no doubt it is because you knew how to be more considerate, compassionate, and display complete selflessness to others, the rest of us just need more time to learn from your examples. You are a few steps further down the road that we all must take. I know you will make that road the best that you can for all of us. Never stop smiling… never!

  10. Barbara and children: I met you guys once, but I had the joy of being able to work with Mike every day. He always had a smile, and I could always tell when he was nearby because I could always hear his laugh from the next room after he’d said something funny. His laughter is something that will always be in my heart, and I’m sure that and so many more great things will always be in yours. God always seems to want the great ones early. I pray for you guys every day to find peace. It will get easier, but he will always be missed greatly and his memory will always live on. God bless you Lilly family.

  11. May precious family memories help you during this sorrowful time. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Take care and know that we’re all here if you need a shoulder to lean on.

  12. Mike was such a wonderful, happy person. He was a rolemodel father and took the best care of his family. He will be dearly missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing him. May God send peace and warmth in your time of sadness and loss.

  13. My deepest sympathy to all the family. I knew Mike when he was a boy at Christs Church at Georgetown in Fort Wayne. May God bless and comfort you.

    Carolyn Lovell

  14. It was good to know Mike at least a little bit as a co-worker at Gateway. He always had a smile. I am presently one of the courtesy drivers at Gateway.

  15. So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  16. I’m so incredibly sorry to hear the news of your loss. I know its been a long time since I’ve seen everyone, but there isn’t a day I don’t drive by the house where you all grew up and remember all the great times we had together. Prayers to the family.

  17. My deep condolences to Mike’s family. He was the heart of our neighborhood, and I’m certain that pales to how much of a heart he was to you.

  18. So many great memories of Mike. Will never forget his smile. Although a lot of time has flown by since we had the chance to spend time together or even stay in touch, it all feels like yesterday.
    Mike is missed. God bless the Lilly family.

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