Dale Lilly

December 17, 1947 ‒ January 02, 2019

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Dale Lilly went to be with the Lord, after a battle with bone cancer, Wednesday morning, January 2, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 71.

He was born December 17, 1947 in Cool Ridge, West Virginia to parents Denver & Ilene (Gore) Lilly. A patriot, he proudly served his country by joining the US Army in 1968. He was honorably discharged and continued camaraderie with fellow veterans as a member of Irvin Hiskey Post # 535 American Legion in Bellville and VFW 5101 in Lexington.

He spent his career dedicated to his family’s company, Lilly Industries in Williamsport, eventually running the company for over 20 years. Dale also was a trustee for Perry Township in Morrow County.

Dale loved to travel, camping in his RV. He and Dianna traveled all over the US and also enjoyed cruises. Special trips to country home West Virginia were he especially loved connecting with his extended family.

With a heart dedicated to the Lord on July 18, 2018, Dale accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was gracious and giving, family came first in the heart of Dale, and even his work family was treated as one of his own.

He is survived by his loving wife Dianna Lilly; children Phil (Niki) Lilly, Jamie Lilly, and Travis (Amanda) Lilly; daughter-in-law Shanda Lilly; grandchildren Laura, Hayle, Denver, Devon, Gunnar, Shelbey, Gracie, Presley, and Hadley; great-grandchildren Laynae and Sophia; siblings Gene Lilly, Roman Lilly, Linda Sue Lilly, Bob Lilly, Deb Gates, Jim Harvey, and Roger Harvey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his son Robert Lilly; his step-mother Virginia (Davis) Lilly; and siblings Elizabeth McNutt, Tommy Lilly, Sharon Harvey, Alma Evans, and Sherry Harvey.

The Lilly family will receive friends Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Dale’s life will be held Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. Dale’s Brother-in-law, Jeff Fairchild will speak. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Contributions in Dale’s memory to American Cancer Society may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dale’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com


  • Dale is one of the best men i have ever known. He was the kindest, sweetest, most caring and giving. I am so honored to have had Dale in all but 12 years of my life. He will always be in my heart…. Thank you Dale for taking such good care of my sister, she loved you more than anything, as well as you loved her more than anything. DALE IS AN ALL AROUND AMAZING person, and will be missed deeply.

  • Our hearts are broken by the loss of our dear friend and “camping buddy”. No one could cook bacon in the morning like Dale. He was always up for an evening of conversation in the “barn cave” at Raymond’s, especially when his many friends would gather there. His loss will leave a huge hole in our lives, but his memory will always leave joy in our hearts.

  • Memories of Dale and Diana camping and hanging out with friends and family are what Catie and I remember most. Dale always on the dance floor either with the love of his life Diana or with whoever wanted to twirl and spin and shake their booty! He was the life of the party on the dance floor. To Phil, Niki and Kids I know this is hard and I will pray for your strength through this time. Hugs to all of you. To Diana he fought a great fight and now he can rest knowing you will be okay. Hugs to you. Rest In Peace Dale.

  • Dianna and family I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart breaks seeing this. Dale you are truly an amazing person, that will be missed by so many! Give my grandma Keller a big hug from all of us down here.

  • So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Our prayers continue for comfort for the family. May your memories of Dale bring you extra comfort as you say goodbye to a wonderful man. May the Lord’s strong arms enfold you now and I’m the future. Sorry we can’t be there but please know are hearts are with you. John and Bonnie Heston.

  • I am so sorry for you’re loss Dale was a awesome Man and friend to many he will be sadly missed but will live on in our memories for ever. Praying for his family .

  • So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Our prayers continue for comfort for the family. May your memories of Dale bring you extra comfort as you say goodbye to a wonderful man. May the Lord’s strong arms enfold you now and I’m the future. Sorry we can’t be there but please know are hearts are with you. John and Bonnie Heston.

  • To the Lilly family, my condolences to all.
    As others have said, Dale was a real down to earth man. I really enjoyed being around him, and he will be missed.
    Joe Gerich

  • Our deepest sympathy to Dale’s family. God bless and comfort you in this great loss.
    Jerry and Karen Christensen

  • DiAnna, My heart is heavy for you and your family. Dale was a very Loving, caring, giving soul ❤️ So many memories to hold onto and stories to tell to keep his memory alive. Dale has been your treasure in life for many many years 💕. You are in my prayers and my heart ♥️. Love Gayle

  • To: Dianna, Phil, Niki, Gunnar, Shelbey, Gracie as well as the entire Lilly family and countless friends;

    May care and love of those around you now provide some comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. I am truly sorry for your immeasurable loss. It’s a tremendous privilege and honor to know any of the Lilly family. Countless stories and memories spent with family and friends is everlasting.

    Matthew 5:4

    “Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

    All my love always,

    Michelle and family

  • Sorry for Your loss. I have know Dale for a long time. He will be dearly missed by many. He was a good family friend.

  • To the family: I worked with Dale when we were Trustees at North Fork Cemetery. He was a joy to work with. He was always a kind and gentle man, a hard working man. He will be missed by many. God Bless you all and give you comfort during this time of loss.

  • Phil and Family,
    So sorry for your loss!! Hugs and prayers to you all!
    April and the Anthony Family

  • My love and prayers to his family. He was like a brother to me. A gentle, kind soul. May God be with the family. I love you all.

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with your during your time of sorrow. Dale was a friend of my husband’s, John. May Dale rest in peace in heaven.

  • So sorry to hear about Dale passing. Such a wonderful man gone to soon. He was so much fun to be around over the years. My thought and prayers go out to the entire family. He fought to the end. He will be dearly missed by so many family and friends. Love you guys. Tammy Busse

  • So sorry for your loss. Dale was such a great person. I have always enjoyed working with him and the entire Lilly Industries crew over the past many years. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Rest in Peace Dale.

    Jeanne Milini

  • Dale was a very good friend of mine and I have known him for a long time. He will be sadly missed. To the family we would like to say that we are so sorry for your loss.
    Larry and Diana Chalfant

  • Lilly family we are so sorry for your loss. My memories of Dale and kind of scattered because I was a teen but I remember him coming to the Jones household. I am please to read he excepted the Lord as his Savior.
    Don jones
    The Mounts Family (Marie Jones)

  • Prayers for the Lilly family and Dale’s friends…..Although I wasn’t fortunate to know Dale personally, I feel connected through my contacts with his family while at Johnsville Elementary. The Lily family will be remembered as kind, gentle, willing to serve others, and dedicated to family and community. I am proud to say we still have a Lily stove in our living room and have never had a problem with it to this day! It reflects the pride and craftsmanship that the Lily family has stood for.

  • May you hold close to the Lord for comfort and this time.
    Friends of Brian and Sherry White .

  • So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed meeting and talking to Dale at the family reunions. He will be missed.