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Fred Cox Iliff Jr.


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Fred Cox Iliff Jr. Obituary
LANCASTER, Pa. - Fred Cox Iliff Jr., 87, of Lancaster, Pa., passed away Dec. 22, in Sevierville, Tenn. He was the son of the late Fred Cox and Geraldine (Simpson) Iliff Sr.
Fred was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in the apartment above the Iliff Furniture Store at 173 Spring St., Newton. Fred graduated from Newton High School in 1948 and attended Admiral Billard Naval Academy Prep School, in New London, Conn. He attended Drexel University of Technology in Philadelphia, Pa., until 1950, when he entered military service in the U.S. Navy and served as a storekeeper at Quonset Point Naval Air Station and onboard the USS Northampton CLC1 until his discharge from the service in March, 1955, as a storekeeper 3rd Class.
In August of 1950, he married the former Miss Jean MacGregor, of Rochester, N.Y. Fred graduated cum laude from Cincinnati College of Embalming, Cincinnati, Ohio. Fred entered into business as a third generation funeral director in the family funeral and furniture store, then known as John Iliff and Son. He managed the combined businesses until his brother, John Iliff, returned from service in the United States Air Corps, in 1965. The two businesses separated at that time with Fred becoming the manager of the Iliff Funeral Home, Inc. until his retirement in 1993, and brother John managing the furniture store.
Fred was a 50-year plus member of the First United Methodist Church of Newton and served on the old official board as a trustee and a lay speaker; he was an active member of the Manna House crew. He also served as the institutional representative for the church's Boy Scouts program. The Boy Scouts involvement included serving as assistant scoutmaster of Troop 86, key three and assistant district commissioner. As an active member of the Masonic fraternity, he served Harmony Lodge No. 8 as worshipful master in 1965, served as secretary for 15 years, stepping down as he was honored in 1985 with an appointment as a New Jersey Grand Lodge Chaplain. He was also a member of Baldwin Chapter 17 Royal Arch Masons, DeMolay Commandery and Crescent Temple Shrine.
Fred served his town as an active member of the Newton Fire Department for over 40 years, serving as foreman of the Newton Fire Patrol and as chief in the department from 1970-1974. His civic duties included serving over 25 years as a member of the Newton Water and Sewer Utility advisory board and several terms as chairman and was honored in 1998 when he resigned his seat on the board. He also served as chairman of the Newton-Sparta water task force.
Following the death of his wife, Jean, he married Shirley Hoin Aument, in June 2011, and moved to Lancaster, Pa. He joined the Hempfield United Methodist Church where he was an active member, attending the breakfast Bible Study group and participating in senior member activities.
He is survived by three daughters, Mary Ann (Mark) Cioffi, of Pembroke, N.H., Dr. Susan Iliff, of New Providence, and Nancy L. (Steven) Love, of Laurel, Md.; a son, William L. (Denise) Iliff, of McClure, Ohio; stepsons, Terry (Barbara) Aument and Keith (Mindy) Aument; stepdaughters, Beth (David) Lorah, and Karen (Kenneth) Lentz; five grandchildren, Alexes (James) Boutin, Mackenzie Sizemore, Taylor Iliff, Jean (Kyle) Rainville, and Triston Sizemore; a great-granddaughter, Brooke Boutin; seven step-grandchildren, Kelly and Bryan Lorah, Amy (Cory) Trimble, Andrew and Tess Aument and Daniel (Courtney) and Melanie Lentz; six stepgreat-grandchildren, Isabella Gavlick, Landon and Marci Trimble, Taylor, Aiden and McKenzie Lentz; a brother, John L. (Terry) Iliff, of the Culver Lake section of Frankford; and a sister, Virginia (William) Morrow, of St. Ansgar, Iowa. Fred was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Lafean.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Fred's service at 11 a.m., on Thursday, Jan. 4, at the First United Methodist Church of Newton, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton. Family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held at the Newton Cemetery, in Newton. Contributions in Fred's memory can be sent to the memorial committee of the First United Methodist Church of Newton, or The Seeing Eye Dog, PO Box 375, Morristown, NJ, 07963-0375.
Arrangements and online condolences through Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, 156 Main St. (Route 206) Newton, NJ, www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.
Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 31, 2017
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