Robert L. Lillard, 87

February 09, 2009

FEB. 28, 1921-FEB. 7, 2009

THURMONT, Md. - Mr. Robert Lynwood "Bob" Lillard, 87, of Thurmont, died Saturday, Feb. 7, at the College View Center, Frederick.

He was the husband of Lela Whillhide Lillard, whom he married June 4, 1949.

Born Feb. 28, 1921, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William H. and Olive Virginia Campbell Lillard.

As a young man, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hagerstown.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Sgt. First Class in the infantry. He served in the Philippines and the Asiatic Pacific Theater, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

Mr. Lillard was the general foreman of the machine shop at Fairchild Aircraft Industries in Hagerstown. Following marriage, he moved to Thurmont and joined Trinity United Church of Christ, where he sang in the church choir, taught Sunday school for many years and served as president of the Consistory.


Mr. Lillard was the first president of the Thurmont Elementary School PTA. He also was a member of the Thurmont Senior Citizens, Guardian Hose Co. 10, and was a former secretary of the Thurmont Ambulance Co. Part time for 50 years, he enjoyed growing apples and cherries.

Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Ross Edward Lillard and his wife, Lynda, of Thurmont, and Richard Byron Lillard and his wife, Betsey, of Clear Spring; four grandchildren, Ben Lillard, Bethany Lillard, Kristina Ullrich and Alex Ullrich; and three sisters, Mrs. Marie C. Brinton, Mrs. A. Jeanette Shupp, and Mrs. Betty Martin and her husband, J.W., all of Hagerstown. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Lillard is at the Robert E. Dailey & Son Funeral Home, P.A., 615 E. Main St., Thurmont, where the family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with his pastor, the Rev. Les Sims, officiating. Inurnment will follow in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont.

The family requests memorials be made in memory of Mr. Lillard to Trinity UCC, 101 E. Main St., Thurmont, MD 21788.

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