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“Carol and family,My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God put his loving arms around you and give5i you comfort. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Pat Doll - Brandon, SD - Friend

“Roy will be missed by all of us in the class of 1962 and we would like to express our sympathies to Carol and his family during this difficult time...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Delorus Krizan - Colome, SD

“When I was in high school, Roy was the custodian at the new gym and I would always hide his coat on the way to band right away in the morning. He...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Penny Veskrna - Aberdeen, SD

“I am so sorry for your loss! You are in my thoughts and prayers! ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Postulka - Pierre, SD

“Many years ago, my family lived on Ed Johnson's place and my brother (Joel) and I attended Kansas Flats School and Mrs. Teel was the teacher. We...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Alta Greer Empkey - omaha, NE

“The Culvers family is here if you need anything.Sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Guy Mann - Rapid City, SD


Roy Melvyn Lilly was born on March 4, 1944 at Gregory Hospital to Oliver and Ruth (Kenaston) Lilly.

Roy attended grade school through 8th grade at Kansas Flats and graduated from Colome High school in 1962 and went to work on the farm with his dad. He joined the National Guard in October 1962 and served with the 730 Medical Clearing Company until 1968.

Roy was united in marriage to Carol Ring on October 10, 1970 in Colome, to this union three daughters were born, Linda Jane, Brenda Jean and Rhonda Joy.

In July of 1992 Roy decided to try something other than farming/ranching and went to work at the Colome School. He worked for the School for 20 years and always enjoyed the kids. Roy always said that the best kids always come through the doors of the Colome School. After he retired, he still drove the school bus, he just found so much joy in seeing the kids and enjoying the scenery.

Roy was an active member of the Calvary Chapel Church as he served several years as a Church Board member, Sunday School Superintendent and Sunday School Teacher.

Roy was a kind hearted Christian, that always put others before himself and saw the good in everyone. He had a wish for everyone to know and walk with the Lord. Roy had 2 passions, the love for the Lord and the love for his family. He enjoyed playing cards at night with Carol and at family gatherings, he also enjoyed his summers by having a large garden and taking time to enjoy baseball games in Minnesota and Kansas City with his daughters and grandkids.

Roy passed away January 17, 2017 at the age of 72 at the Winner Regional Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Colome, daughters Linda Sheehan of Rapid City, Brenda (Todd) Glanzer, grandson Isaiah Glanzer, granddaughters, Kiara, Adyson and Mia Glanzer all of Canova, SD, Rhonda Lilly (Bob Paradies and sons, Paul and Jacob) of Epiphany, SD, and one special nephew, Brent Ring, who lived with Roy and his family for several years as the son he never had, and a sister Edyth Snyder of Springview, NE.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Ruth Lilly, his brother Wayne, Brother-in-law, Jack Snyder and his in-laws, Gus and Erlene Ring.

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A visitation and prayer service was held Friday evening for Roy Lilly, 72, at Calvary Chapel south of Colome, SD with Pastor Keith Moody and Pastor Don Letellier officiating.

Music was provided by Debbie Steffen, pianist. A quartet sang "In the Garden." Recorded music was "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me." by Ray Price.

Funeral service was held Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Chapel with Pastor Keith Moody and Pastor Don Letellier officiating.

Music was provided by Debbie Steffen, pianist. Congregation hymns were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Amazing Grace." Don and Anna May Letellier sang "How Great Thou Art." The quartet sang "The Old Rugged Cross."

Judy Vobr, Kathy Hermsen, Judell Weidner, and Janell Heath were in charge of registration.

Ushers were Fred Weidner and Jerry Hrbanek.

Flower attendants were Suzy Hall, Hillary Tjeerdsma, Justina Birkel, and Zo Snyder.

Dale Shippy ran the sound and video equipment.

Casket Bearers were Brett Heath, Justin Heath, Jed Synder, Randy Shippy, Vince Thieman, Rod Hermsen, and Matt Vobr.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Lee Weidner, Charlie Vobr, Roger Heath, Roger Shippy, Gene Bruns, and Lennie Steffen.

Internment was in the West Enterprise Cemetery, Wewela, SD.