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Kendall Lilly

KSAL StaffJuly 12, 2019

Kendall Lilly, 93, Mentor, died July 10, 2019. He was born July 2, 1926, in Roxbury, KS. the son of Charles and Margaret Lilly. Kendall moved with his family to Mentor when he was 8 years old. He was united in marriage with Virginia Bengtson on August 25, 1946. They made their home in Mentor, Kansas, where they lived the rest of their lives. To this union were born 3 children: Richard (Mary Jane), Overland Park, KS; Janet Lilly of Salina, KS; and Roger (Sharmyn), Austin, TX.

He was Postmaster of Mentor for 41 years. He served on the original board that organized Rural Water District No. 3 and served as chairperson on the church committee that saw the completion of a major addition to the Mentor Church in 1966. Over the years he held several offices in the church and served for many years as an editor for the church newsletter.

Kendall enjoyed playing songs on the piano that he had memorized when he was in high school, particularly “boogie-woogie”. He was a longtime member of the Salina YMCA and for nearly 40 years he was very involved with the game called “Handball”. At the age of 54 he earned a private pilot license and was able to add an instrument rating to this license 5 years later.

Kendall is survived by wife, Virgina Lilly of Mentor, KS; brother, Keith of Mentor, KS; sister, Janice Miller of Ankeny, Iowa; and brother, Dennis of Salina, KS.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Mentor United Methodist Church, Mentor, KS. Burial will be in the Salemsburg Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the church. For more information or to leave condolences go to

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