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Ernest Benjamin Lilly

Ernest Benjamin Lilly
Retired Allentown Police Captain, Ernest Benjamin Lilly, passed away on August 3, 2013, in Allentown, surrounded by his loving family. He was under the care of Hospice. Born in Slatington, he was the son of the late Samuel and Estella (Walters) Lilly. He was the husband of Jenny (Crescenzi) Lilly and they would have observed their 36th anniversary this December. He proudly served his country during WWII as a Gunner aboard the battleship, the USS Arkansas, in both the European and Pacific Theatres. Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked for General Electric. He joined the Allentown Police Department in 1952 and retired in 1990 at the rank of Captain with 38 years of service. Early in his police career, he was among a group of officers and civilians who built the pistol range at the Police Academy. He became the Range Officer many years later.He was a member of Jordan-Martin Lodge and Rajah Temple. He played a musette in the Rajah Oriental Band and was an aide to five potentates. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed travelling with his wife to foreign countries. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a loyal friend. We will miss his wonderful smile and great sense of humor; but most of all we will miss him for the love and joy he brought to his family. Survivors: Wife; Daughter, Dianne Wagner; Sons, David and Randal Lilly; Brothers, Donald and Samuel; Sisters, Gladys Burke and Ruth Roberts; Grandchildren Nanette Kiukys, Julie and husband Edward Lubinsky, Robin Lilly and Michael Lilly; 4 Great-Grandchildren; and dedicated Sheltie, Nicky. He was predeceased by 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Services: Wednesday, August 7th at 10:30 a.m. in St. Stephen of Hungary R.C. Church, 5th & Union Streets, Allentown. A viewing will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, 17th & Hamilton Streets, Allentown and on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church. He will be buried with Police Honors in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Whitehall. Contributions: Donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 3551 N. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19140.


Published in Morning Call on Aug. 5, 2013
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