John E. Lillard (1951 — 2021)

John E. Lillard

(1951 — 2021)

John E. Lillard, 69, of Pioneer, passed away March 5, 2021, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan. He was born on April 14, 1951, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to Carl and Betty (Hemminger) Lillard. John graduated from El Dorado High School in Placentia, California, in 1969. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Cal State University in Fullerton, California. He married his former wife, Pam Bashor, and she lives in Hemet, California.

John taught high school physical education and coached baseball at several high schools in Orange County, California. He was an avid L.A. Dodgers fan; he loved to attend Dodgers games with his father through the years. At one time John played AAA baseball. He loved the game of baseball and coached Little League and high school teams. John attended South Woodbridge Pentecostal Church in Camden, Michigan, for many years.

He is survived by his children, Matthew (Corinne) Lillard of Centralia, Washington, and Chelsea (Walter) Velarde of Menifee, California; brothers, Wade (Sandi) Lillard and Mike (Loni) Lillard of Pioneer.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer, Ohio. Condolences can be left for the family at

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