David A. Lilley, age 79, of Wilmington and Rehoboth Delaware, passed peacefully on June 1, 2019 with his wife Sue and daughter Tracy by his side. Born in Upland, Pennsylvania in 1939, David was the son of the late Betty and Alfred Lilley.
A veteran of the United States Navy, David proudly served our country on the U.S.S Murray until 1960. Following his military service, he then went on to work at Boeing where he had a long successful career retiring in 1995.
David enjoyed spending time at his beach home in Rehoboth, traveling to tropical destinations and doing handy work around his homes. His favorite places to be were on the water fishing, relaxing in a beach chair on white sands and watching his grandson’s basketball games. When not in those places, David could be found with his friends enjoying happy hour, riding around on his golf cart, watching his Dallas Cowboys’ Sunday football or cooking on his charcoal grill. Above all else, he simply enjoyed being surrounded by his cherished family and friends.
David created lasting memories with those he is survived by; his wife of 38 years, Susan Lilley, daughter, Tracy Lilley of Delaware, grandchildren Travis Whaler of New Mexico, Jordan Johnson of Florida, Simone Howie of Delaware and three great-grandchildren of New Mexico, sister, Betty Ann Charley (James) of Pennsylvania, brother-in-law and best friend Robert Lawson of Maryland, and many cherished nieces, nephews and friends. He will also be sorely missed by Bella, his beloved dog.
The family would like that when remembering David, that everyone think of him with a fishing pole in hand enjoying the sunniest of days with those that have predeceased him; his father and mother-in-law, Paul and Velva Lawson, son-in-law, Sean Howie and dear friend Brian Niebauer. In lieu of donations, on those sunniest days, spend time with those you love.
Family and friends are invited to services Monday, June 10, 2019 at noon at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike with visiting hour from 11 am to noon. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at Delaware Veteran’s Post #1, 2535 Veterans Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810.