Russell Thomas Lilly

January 29, 1951 ‒ November 03, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

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.

  • Uncle Russell always said go get the pop out of the refrigerator if you want one if you have to ask for it that he’d say no he said so don’t ask just go get it love you always Uncle Russell

  • Dixie i was so sorry to hear this .I think about you all often.Prayers for comfort for all your family.

  • Oh my Russell was definitely one of a kind he will be missed dearly. Your in my thoughts and prayers i love you guy

  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8
    For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance.

    Death is not an ending, but a symbol of movement along the path upon which we are all traveling. As it may be painful to lose contact with the physical aspect of one we love, the Spirit can never be lost. We have been and always will be a part of each other…..john denver

  • Dixie, so very sorry to hear about Russell, I know you must have a million memories of Russell, May all your family and friends bring peace to your heart at this very sad time. May Gods give you the peace. that only he can give, you are all in my thoughts and prayers!❤️❤️🙏🙏

  • Russell was a good employee of the Norfolk and Southern. Enjoyed working with him and his friendship over the years. Gone bur not forgotten. So sorry Dixie for your loss!

  • Dixie, Deseray and Shannon (and family’s) , I’m so sorry to hear about Russell. I have such fun memories of your Loving husband and fun daddy (you all know what I’m thinking) Lol. All those evenings babysitting and the two of you would come home a laughing & singing after a night dancing and having fun w/friends.God bless this family and give you comfort & strength during these up coming days. I love you all . ((Hugs))

  • Dixie I am so sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen you guys for years. I remember both of you from when I was a child. I’m Ray Lilly granddaughter. My mom Janet and I am so sorry.