Irving W. Lilley, 77, Ephrata, teacher, enjoyed reading and listening to music

By on August 5, 2015

Irving W. Lilley, 77, of Ephrata, passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, at home.

He was born in Chester County to the late William H. and Ethel (Lochard) Lilley; and was the husband of Ruth M. (Rissmiller) Lilley, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.

He was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata. Irving enjoyed reading, listening to classical and 40s and 50s music, and working crossword puzzles. Irving attended Gordon College in Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. Irving worked as a teacher, bookstore keeper, candy salesman, and most recently an orderly for Ephrata Community Hospital.

In addition to his wife, Irving is survived by a daughter: Kristen Rose Drake of Bushkill; four grandchildren: Alexis L., wife of Michael Foss; Lindsey Rose Drake; Philip S. Drake; and Kimberly J. Drake; three great-grandchildren; a brother: David K., husband of Martha Lilley, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and a cousin: Samuel L., husband of Marie Wilson, of Lincoln University.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at Reformed Presbyterian Church, 21 E Locust St., Ephrata, with pastors Tom Nicholas and Dwight D. McKay officiating. The family will receive friends, following the service, in the church social hall.

Memorial contributions in Irving’s memory may be made to Reformed Presbyterian Church, 21 E Locust St., Ephrata, PA 17522 or to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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