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Roy E. Lilly Jr.

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – Roy Estelle Lilly Jr., 81, of Dixon, died Monday, June 9, 2014, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was an electrician at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 32 years before his retirement in 1984.

Roy was born Oct. 7, 1932, in Otsego, West Virginia, the son of Roy Estelle and Bessie (Heath) Lilly Sr. He served in the Army during the Korean War, and was a member of Rock River Lodge 612 in Sterling. He married Sharon Keegan on Dec. 9, 1978, in Dixon. 

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lilly of Dixon; three sons, Harold Lilly of Redding, California, Randy (Pat) Lilly of Dixon, and Brian (Joann) Lilly of Sterling; three daughters, Sharon (Charles) Kueter of Bellevue, Iowa, Patricia Lilly of Loves Park, and Mandy (Matthew) Francis of Blue Springs, Missouri; two brothers, William Lilly of Rock Falls and Ronald Lilly of Sterling; one sister, Mae (Lloyd) Johnson of Ottawa; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, eight from Iowa and one from Virginia.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and one daughter-in-law.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev.Vincent O. Marrandino, director of pastoral care at KSB Hospital in Dixon, officiating. Burial of cremains with full military honors will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association.

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