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Robert Earl Lilly
May 16, 1932 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Robert Earl Lilly passed away in Moscow Idaho on December 26, 2023. Bob, to those who knew him, was born May 16, 1932, in Hermiston Oregon to William C. Lilly and Doris O. Shannon, the second of their three sons.
Bob attended Pendleton High school where he was a member of the FFA receiving ribbons for his prized stock. As an athlete he collected many ribbons and awards from track and football when players still wore leather helmets. He graduated May 24, 1951.
After high school Bob went on a double date with a friend. While Bob had no interest in his date, he could not take his eyes off his friend’s date. His friend and date agreed that she should be with Bob. On October 18, 1952, he married that girl, Evelyn Langmaid, and they would be together 71 years until her death April 2, 2015.
Bob found himself working as a logger and serving in the National Guard. His unit were there, in their wool dress uniforms, when President Eisenhower dedicated the McNary Dam, September 23, 1954. Though they were there to ensure the ceremony and the President’s visit went smoothly, the unit all agreed that heavy wool dress uniforms were not great for ceremonies in the hot sun.
Switching gears Bob began working on the Coppinger Ranch in Echo, Oregon. He moved into a house with only one bathroom with Evelyn and their oldest daughter on the Coppinger Ranch. That house was to be the home that he would welcome his next two daughters in and live in until well after retirement. Bob continued to work on the ranch when Hale’s farms took over. Many looked up to Bob as he was the “master of the farm” Bob was never good at being retired and still helped around the ranch frequently after he retired. When they did move from that house, him and his wife moved to a house in Hermiston where Bob lived until moving in with his daughter in Genesee, ID.
Robert had several hobbies, usually consisting of making things with his hands. He spent several years square dancing with Evelyn. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and dabbled in building airplanes with his closest friend Lee Abney. Robert was a long-standing member of the Hermiston and Echo communities and a member of both the Moose and the Eagles.
Bob is preceded in death by his beloved wife Evelyn, his parents and brothers Eldon Lilly of Pendleton Oregon and Richard Lilly of Yakima Washington. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta Earlene and Stan McQuinn, Jo Lynn and Jim Dillon, and Patricia Rae and Thomas Logan. In addition to 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.