Danvers — Mr. Richard Bayley Lilja, 80, of Danvers, beloved husband of Ruth V. (Lewis) Lilja, died on Sunday morning, August 18, 2013, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford, after a long illness.
Born in Danvers, he was the son of the late Carl H. and Elizabeth F. (Bayley) Lilja. He was raised and educated in Danvers, and was a graduate of the former Salem Vocational High School.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. During his time in the service, Richard served as a diesel engineman on landing crafts in the Navy. Following his retirement from active service, he served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for four years.
Mr. Lilja had been employed in the shipping department of the F.W. Webb Co. in Salem for over 20 years, until the time of his retirement.
A longtime member of the V.F.W. Post #10 of Danvers, he was also a member of the American Legion Post 180 in Danvers, and a member of the Disabled Veterans of America in Peabody. He was the past Commander of the V.F.W. of Danvers and the American Legion Post #180 in Danvers, and the Disabled American Veterans of Peabody. He was the Past District Commander of the V.F.W. Post #10 and the American Legion Post #180, both of Danvers. He was a longtime member of the former Calvary Episcopal Church in Danvers.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife, Richard is survived by his sons, Richard A. Lilja and his wife, Joyce, of Danvers, Michael A. Lilja and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lynn, Ronald E. Lilja and his wife, Kimberly, of Wrentham, and Stephen K. Lilja and his wife, Jennifer, of Methuen; his 10 grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sharon King of Peabody and Marilyn Jane White of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Lois A. McIntire.