Eldon Lilly, 81

Eldon Lilly, 81, LaFontaine, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Rolling Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center with family at his side. 

He was born in Quinter, Kan., on Jan. 5, 1937, to the late Jesse and Clara (Jamison) Lilly. 

He graduated from Quinter High School in 1955.  Eldon retired from Dana Corporation after 30 years of service.  He always enjoyed farming and raising various farm animals.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Lilly of Gerrardstown, W.Va.; daughters, Marie Jones of Wabash, Marilyn (Bill) Boswell of Sheridan and Marsha (Randy) Frazier of Van Buren; eight grandchildren, Jaron (Erica) Jones, Jeremy (Stephanie) Jones, Justin (Jessica) Jones and Jathan (Jessica) Jones, all of Wabash, Evan Boswell and Chad Boswell both of Sheridan, Jessica (Eric) Howell and Tyler (Carly) Frazier, Van Buren; 13 great-grandchildren, Hayden, Kycen, Braelyn, Laney, Reilynn, Rosden, Tanner, Owen, Milo, Connor, Logan, Stella and Ruby; and his daughter's mother, Ruthanna Lilly, LaFontaine.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters and an infant brother, a sister, Cecile Light, a brother, Russell Lilly, his wife, Harriett, and his son-in-law, James Jones. 

Visitation and funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home, LaFontaine Chapel, 104 South Main Street, LaFontaine, with Pastor Brad Wright officiating.  Burial will follow at Garden of Memory Cemetery, Marion.  

Preferred memorials are to be made to Rolling Meadows Health and Rehabilitation Center, Activity Fund.

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Posted on 2018 Jan 09