Walter Raleigh Lilly Jr.
(September 4, 1937 - June 9, 2013)
The very kind and loving Walter R. Lilly Jr. went to Heaven on 6/9/2013. He is survived by his loving wife, Chloe Dell, 2 wonderful Sons, Gregory Allen Lilly and Craig Eugene Lilly, 1 Grand-Daughter, Krystle, 2 Grandsons, Levi and Shane, 1 Grand-daughter-in-law, Kaleigh and 1 Great-Grandson, Connor and 2 daughter-in-laws, Edith and Margie and 1 older sister, Elmabel. Walt was the BEST Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather that there could ever be. He was loved so dearly by all.

Walt was always a happy guy, and liked to make little jokes to everyone. He had a very quick wit about him. Everyone loved his jokes. He loved taking pictures, took lots of them, ever since he took photography in high school.

After graduating high school in 1955, he joined the Army in September of 1955. Took Basic Training and then he was stationed in Germany. It was in Germany, he bought his first nice camera, a 35 MM Voightlander. When he had a free weekend, he would tour different places in Germany and take pictures. After Germany, he was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado and was there until he got out of the Army in September 18,1958.

It was in Colorado Springs, Colorado that he met the One and Only Love Of His Life. Got married on 3/21/1958. He was so happy to have 55 wonderful years of married life, with God's Blessings along the way. After getting out of Army, he moved back to his home town and lived there rest of his life.

Walt was such a wonderful man, always wanted everyone to be happy. He felt very very blessed to be the Father of 2 wonderful sons. He was so proud of them and was such a devoted father to them. Later, he was overjoyed to become a Grandfather, then also became a Great Grandfather. Wow, he lived to see 4 generations. He always felt very Blessed to have a wonderful family.

When he was young he loved to go Gold panning, always hoping to find that "BIG" nugget. Also loved doing lots of wood projects. Walt was a very hard worker and could do just about anything you ask him to do. His email address, crafty_walt said it all.

Walt loved going to our little Westminster Presbyterian church, a one and only kind of church. He loved all the people there and just loved going to the Men's Bible study every Saturday morning. He thought Pastor Paul was the greatest. He has gone to Heaven, WILL BE MISSED SO VERY MUCH BY US ALL EVERY DAY, but HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.


June 27, 2013
I enjoyed listening to Walt ask questions about our faith and just what we believe in. I new that Walt believed in Jesus and it is wonderful to know that he is with our Lord.
June 25, 2013
Though we live many miles away, Wes and I so enjoyed our walk through life with you and your family via email, text and wonderful photos. Walt was a wonderful man with a beautiful family. He will always be remembered, loved and missed.
June 25, 2013
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me. 

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
ęCopyright 1998
June 25, 2013
Also I was fortunate to be in a Bible study class with Walt at Westminster Pres. Church for the last several years. What an inspiration Walt was as brought up many good questions while we were reading the Bible from start to finish. Walt was quick wit and had us all laughing on many occasions. He will be missed but we feel his presence still in our class and those that studied with him always will. God Bless you wonderful friend! Denny
June 24, 2013
Walt, a tender man who had a godly ability to hospitably welcome and encourage those who were blessed to come across his path.