Russell Thomas Lilly
January 29, 1951 ‒ November 03, 2020
Russell Thomas Lilly, 69 of Delaware, Ohio passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
Born January 29, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas & Virginia (Chapman) Lilly. Russell met the love of his life and soulmate Dixie Lou (Ellis) on a blind first-date, and it was shortly after that they married.
Russell worked as a machine operator for Norfolk & Southern Railway for over 38 years, starting in 1974 and retiring in 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Treverey Lilly in 2003, sisters Sharon “Sherry” Brown and Louise McKee, and brother in-law David Keck.
Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years Dixie Lou Lilly; son Floyd “Shannon” (Kathy “Kat”) Lilly; daughters Deserey (George) Taylor and Ashley Lilly; grandchildren Brittany Buckley, Ben Camburn, Danielle (Lindsey) Camburn, Christian Tyler Lilly Crum, Catelyn Elizabeth Lilly, Rayann Rosier, and Thomas Michael Lilly; great-grandchild Peyton Joseph Camburn; brother Joseph Lilly; sisters E. Elizabeth Keck, Brenda (Paul) Van Paepeghem, Diana (Robert) Charles, and Daina (Scott) Smith; brother-in-law Pete (Danielle) Dickson; sister-in-law. Kathy (Jay) Enterkin; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Russell enjoyed luxury camping in his RV, he also enjoyed tinkering on his 1986 Monte Carlo SS, and going to car shows. He loved pick-up trucks, playing guitar, and singing to his children. Russell was a man’s man and loved the woods, and living off the land. Russell will be remembered as the giving, real, caring, and loving individual that he was, his grandkids had him wrapped around his fingers and he loved his family very much.
Pastor Donnie Akers will officiate a Celebration of Russell’s life, Friday, November 6, 2020 at Noon at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (Formerly 1510 West William Street) Delaware, Ohio 43015, where family and friends may call from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, Ohio 43055
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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.