Raymond E. Lilly 91 of Beecher City, IL, passed away at 5:30 AM Sunday Nov. 2, 2014 in Lutheran Care Center in Altamont, IL.
Raymond was born April 11, 1923 in Loudon Twp., Fayette Co. the son of William Lee and Anna Belle Matson Lilly.
He married Anna Ruth Radliff on Oct. 9, 1948 in Sefton Twp., Fayette Co. Illinois.They were married for 66 years residing in the Beecher City area.
Raymond honorably served his country from Feb. 1943 to Nov. 1945 in the United States Army during WWII.He was a forward observer and radioman.He served in the European Theatre and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge.He received the Silver Star, three bronze stars and the European Theatre Badge.
Raymond was a member of the Beecher City American Legion, a lifetime member of the Altamont V.F.W., a member of the Springhill Presbyterian Church near Beecher City and the Teamsters Union.He was a volunteer with the Tri - County Fire Department in Beecher City for 30 years and served as a Trustee of the fire department for 8 years.
Raymond was a lifelong farmer and for many years was employed by Clough Trucking near Beecher City retiring in 1988.
Surviving are his wife Anna Ruth; children: Nick (Loretta)Lillyof Moro, IL, Charles (Cathy) Lilly of Shumway, IL, Gene (Connie) Lilly of Beecher City and Nancy (David) Randall of Beecher City; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, sister-in-law Charlotte Crotser and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his sons: Michael Lilly and Randy Lilly; parents William Lee and Anna Belle Lilly, Anna Ruthís father and mother Charlie and Alta Radliff; Anna Ruthís step-mother Frieda Radliff; sister and her husband: Ellenand Raymond Landers;Anna Ruthís siblings andand theirspouses: Doris and Joe Goodson and Larry Crotser.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City with military rites.Rev. Paul Bauer and Rev. Don Miller will officiate.The Family requests casual attire.Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM Wednesday in the funeral home with a Tri-County Fire Department Honor Salute at 7:30 PM. In addition, visitation will be one hour before the services on Thursday in the funeral home.Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.Memorials may be made in Raymondís memory to Springhill Cemetery.