James R. Lill, 80, of El Dorado, died Tuesday morning, July 29, 2008 at his home in El Dorado.


James R. Lill, 80, of El Dorado, died Tuesday morning, July 29, 2008 at his home in El Dorado.

The celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow the services in Walnut Valley Memorial Park Cemetery.

Patmos Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic services at the church.

Jim was born Dec. 16, 1927 in El Dorado, the son of Ralph and Avril (Barnhill) Lill. He attended the Foster Grade School and was a graduate of the El Dorado High School with the class of 1945. On Jan. 12, 1953 he was united in marriage to Gene Feller at the Methodist Church in El Dorado. He was a retired employee of Cities Service Oil Company. He loved to work and farm. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cities Service retirees, Patmos Masonic Lodge and Knights Templar which he was a 50-year member. Jim and his wife Gene loved to square dance and work in the Garden.

Surviving family include: his wife, W. Gene of the home; one son, Rudy Lill of El Dorado; a daughter, Marsha and her husband Kenneth Katchen of Aurora, Colo.; sister, Ruth and her husband Norman Griswold; grandchildren, Sherri Ellison, Megan Akiyama and Randy Ellison; and great-grandchildren, Riley Ellison, Paige Ellison, and Reaghan, Taryn and Aurelia Akiyama. Jim was preceded in death by a son Jeff Lill and a brother Joe Lill.

Memorials have been established with either Associated Home Care of El Dorado or Home Health Care of Hutchinson. Contributions may be sent to Kirby-Morris Funeral Home.

A memory may be shared about Jim at www.kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.