Merle Delano Kilby, 82, Korea vet, Sechan Electronics employee, poet, Phils fan

By on February 10, 2016

Merle D. Kilby, 82, of Landis Homes, passed away Feb. 7, 2016.

Born in Kennett Square, he was the son of the late Ivan G. and Kathryn (Ulmer) Kilby. Merle was the husband of the late Joyce (Felker) Kilby, who died in October 2003.

A veteran, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Merle was a former member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rothsville. He worked in the maintenance department for Sechan Electronics Inc., Lititz. Merle was a “Jack-of-all-trades,” and was always willing to help people. He worked to rebuild a 1942 Pontiac and was a published poet. He was an avid Phillies fan. He loved listing to bluegrass music and attending bluegrass festivals. Merle loved spending time with his grandchildren. Merle enjoyed traveling with his late wife Joyce especially to Chincoteague Island to see the wild ponies.

Surviving is a daughter: Patti Jo Stripling; a son: James Scott Kilby, husband of Joann; a sister: Barbara Ann Zimmerman, wife of Bill; four grandchildren: Kala, Aaron, Keith, and Kim; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by two siblings: Judy Buchter and Richard Kilby.

A viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Landis Homes, East Bethany Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, and again on Friday, Feb. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. His funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Merle will be laid to rest following the services at Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110; or to Landis Homes, Caring Fund, 1001 East Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send the family online condolences, visit Spacht-Snyder Family Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, had charge of the arrangements.

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