Ivan Ralph Lilly, 85, of Troutville, VA claimed the resurrection Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital due to natural causes.
Born September 6, 1935 in Hinton, WV, he was a son of the late Ralph Henry and Leeda Harper Lilly.
Ivan was a retired electrician for General Electric. He was a US Air Force Veteran having served in the 149th Air National Guard from 1953 – 1962 in Byrd Field at Sandston, VA and the Cuban Crisis from 1961 – 1962. Ivan enjoyed flying, riding motorcycles, camping, fishing and hunting.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Kenton Lilly and his best friend, Bob Winegar.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Solina Chavez Lilly at home; one son, Lee Lilly of Hardy, VA; two daughters, Lisa Cooper and companion Robert Bessett of Roanoke, VA and Ana Peery and husband Michael of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren, Ashley King, Ross Cooper and Angelica Lacks; seven great grandchildren, Kiersten, A.J., Treyson, Ashton, Eva, Eddie and Rory; beloved canine, Blackjack; one brother, David Lilly and wife Jackie of Lynchburg VA; half sister, Janice Paige Buchanan and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
For the safety of the family and the community funeral services will be private with Pastor Robbie Merritt officiating.