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       Kenneth Max Lilly, age 82, of Lamar, passed away late Saturday evening, August 8, 2015.

     Max was born July 13, 1933 on a farm northwest of Jasper, Missouri, the youngest child of William Jewel and Reva (Ingles) Lilly.  He moved with his family to Lamar in 1948 and graduated from Lamar High School in 1951.  While in school, Max worked at the Plaza Theater and was one of the first hired at the new Barco Drive-In.  Later he worked for F.M. Thorpe Company, Caterpillar Company and Shell Pipeline.  Max served in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1955.  Returning home, he worked at Lawn-Boy until 1960.  In 1961, Max and his wife, Patti, started Lilly’s Department Store which they operated until retiring in 1985.

     On April 5, 1953, Max married his high school sweetheart, Patti Horton, and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are two sisters, Helen Rogers of Mission, Kansas and Dorothy McCoy of Springfield, Missouri; two daughters, Lisa Blanchard and friend, Jorge, of Omaha, Nebraska, and Debbie (Terry) Quick of Springfield; a grandson, David Blanchard of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; three granddaughters, Melanie Blanchard of Baton Rouge, Aimee (Adam) Shelton of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Lauren Quick of Evanston, Illinois; a great-grandson, Ian Shelton and a great-granddaughter, Ava Shelton, both of Bartlesville.  Max was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne Lilly.

     Always community-minded, Max had been a member of Lamar Rotary for 27 years and was awarded the Paul Harris Foundation medal.  He served on the first United Way Drive, the first swimming pool committee, and the Senior Citizens Housing Board.  Max was a charter member of Lamar Elks Lodge where he loved playing pitch with his many Elk brothers.

     A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 13th at Lake Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time Thursday at Daniel Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lamar Elks Lodge.


#10 Marlys Buckner 2015-08-15 08:26
So sorry for your loss. Max was such a sweet man. Always had a smile and a positive attitude. He will be missed by many!
#9 Overland Park, KSPam Tate 2015-08-14 17:35
Sorry to hear about Max. He was a great father and grandfather. Hugs to my family.
#8 Lamar, MoMichael Main 2015-08-13 11:02
Sorry to hear about Max. I have many memories of our days bowling together and attending football games, the holiday basketball tournament in Neosho and other sporting events. Max was friendly and liked everyone. My prayers of comfort to Patti and family. God Bless
#7 Lamar, MoConnie Smith 2015-08-11 08:28
I was sorry to hear about Max....he was a wonderful man. Prayers to family and friends.
#6 LamarVickie Whyman 2015-08-11 07:23
Max was such a great man he always had a smile for everyone. He will be missed by everyone. My thoughts and prayers for the family.
#5 Mary Roth 2015-08-10 12:13
My heart and prayers r with the family and friends,max was a great man and friend.
He will be missed by all.
#4 LamarMark Davis 2015-08-10 10:10
Prayers for the family
#3 Mary Pierson 2015-08-10 03:56
Patti, I am so sorry for the loss of Max. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.
My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#2 Louisburg KSArietta & Marvin Mallory 2015-08-09 20:07
So sorry to hear the bad news. Seems like to many from our class are passing. Just wanted to let the family know that our prayers are with you. May God give the rest of the family some comfort in this time or sorry. Rest in peace friend and classmate.
#1 LamarDorothy Parks 2015-08-09 18:23
I've been a friend and classmate to Max and to Patti since high school days. I will miss going into his room at Truman Healthcare for short visits. He was so upbeat until the pain got to be too much. RIP Max. I'll miss you. Dorothy

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