Roger William Lillie

First Posted: 12/30/2010


Roger William Lillie, 80, died Dec. 28, 2010, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Lima to Raymond J. and Vera Baker Lillie. On Feb. 22, 1953, he married Norma LaRue, who survives.

Mr. Lillie was an Ashtabula Harbor resident for 51 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a 1952 graduate of Oho Northern University, Ada, where he was a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity. He began his teaching career at Ada and Harrod high schools. After moving to Ashtabula, he taught science at Braden Junior High School until he retired in 1986. He was on the coaching staff at Braden and Edgewood high schools and was a track and field official for the Ohio High School Athletic Association for several years.

He sang with the Town Choir, Men of Praise and the Ashtabula County Choral Music Society. He was a certified lay speaker with the United Methodist Church and served as a delegate to the annual United Methodist Church Conference at Lakeside for several years. He was a member of Harbor United Methodist Church until its closing in 2008. Through the Methodist Church, he went on mission/service trips to Kenya, Mexico and Russia. When he was in his late 60s, he rode his bicycle on two five-day trips with the Pedaling Parsons to raise money for missions. He crocheted afghans, which he donated to be sold at the United Methodist Festival of Caring. He baked bread, collected cans and in several other ways, he helped raise money for East Ohio Conference missions. He volunteered often with Habitat for Humanity and, after retiring from teaching, served as a reading tutor with Ohio Reads. He enjoyed sports, hiking, bird watching and nature, reading and singing. He passed those loves on to all of his children.

Survivors also include six children, Bruce Lillie, of Bowling Green, Kevin (Gayle) Lillie, of Geneva, Laura Lillie, of Quakertown, Pa., Gail (Phil) Wenger, of Washington, D.C., Lynne (Rod) Rush, of Quakertown, Pa., and Ann (Doug) Briggs, of Nashport; nine grandchildren, Lorielle, Brianna, Kathryn, Alex, Josh, Grace and Kelsey Lillie, and Ben and Emily Rush; a great-granddaughter, Emma; a sister, Clara (Paul) Moisio, of Jefferson; a brother, Chuck (Kay) Lillie, of Linesville, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond B. and James Lillie.

Services will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, Ashtabula. The Rev. Barbara Roseberry will officiate. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or Habitat for Humanity.

Arrangements are by Ducro Funeral Services & Crematory, Ashtabula.

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