FRANKLIN - John Martin Lilly, 81, a resident of Franklin since 1987, died March 30, 2013, in Franklin Regional Hospital after a period of failing health.
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John was born in Montgomery, W. Va., Jan. 4, 1932, son of Kermit Victor and Maude Marie (Curnutte) Lilly. John lived in Barrington, Rochester and Ossipee before moving to Franklin. He was a 20-year veteran of the U. S. Navy, retiring as chief boatswain's mate in 1968. He then served with the U.S. Naval Reserve for 10 years. He worked in construction for 16 years and also worked as a cook at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 1698 in Franklin. He was a longtime member of the VFW Post No. 1698, Franklin Lodge of Elks, BPOE, No. 1280 and was a mason and member of the Meridian Lodge, No. 60, F&AM in Franklin. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post No. 49 in Northfield. John was a member of the Military Order of Cooties and Korean War Vets. He served as quartermaster at Post 1698 for 20 years and was bar steward there. He also served as the state of New Hampshire commander of the VFW from 1989 to 1990. Over the years John enjoyed fishing.
His family includes, his wife of 21 years: Nancy L. (Wescott) Lilly of Franklin; children: twins, James and Sharon Lilly, Robert O. and Barbara L. Lilly; stepchildren: Jeffrey and Dean Beaupre, Lisa Hampe, Nadean Byers, Shane Lemoyne and Marilyn Catsum; several grandchildren.
SERVICES: According to John's wishes, a committal service with military honors will be held, Thursday, April 4, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 D W. Highway in Boscawen.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations in John's name to the Donald Fogg Scholarship Fund, VFW Post No. 1698, 26 Peabody Place, Franklin, 03235.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Apr. 1, 2013