David Lollis, Jr. age 85 of Viera, FL, formerly of Troy, passed away December 29, 2018. He was born June 14, 1933 in Lancaster, OH, the second child of the late David M. and Vira O. Lollis. The family relocated to Troy where his father owned and operated hotels in Ohio and Indiana.
He is survived by his sons Steve Lollis of Charlottesville, VA and Lance Lollis of Colorado Springs, CO; daughters Debbie Lobdel and Tina Pate of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Mitch; two brothers, Edward and Sherman; and one sister, Sue.
He began his education at Concord School and later transferred to Newton School in Pleasant Hill. David enrolled in the Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, VA after finishing seventh grade, where he would go on to graduate in 1957. He began his college education at the University of Dayton and finished his degree at the University of Nebraska- Omaha.
His work career began in the spring of 1953 when he entered the US Air Force, where he served in command and staff assignments both in the states and overseas. After over two decades he retired as a regular officer to accept civilian employment.
Boeing Services Corporation was his introduction to the business workplace which began in Adana, Turkey followed by employment with Holmes and Narver Corporation in Ankara, Turkey. When his contract was completed, he was employed by Burns and Roe Corporation on their new contract at the US Military Academy as the Project Manager. He was later promoted to Area Manager with a new contract at near-by Stewart Field.
When the company was awarded a new contract on Plum Island, NY at the Department of Agriculture Research Facility, he was tapped to be the Project Manager and initiate the contract. Over a year later, after the contract was operating, he was reassigned to the corporate headquarters in Oradell, NY as Assistant to the VP of Business Development. He remained in this assignment until his retirement in December 1992 and moved to Melbourne, FL.
After about six months of retirement he started his own business working as a consultant. He was actively pursuing his new endeavor when he suffered a heart attack, which ended his working career.
A graveside service will be held 11:00AM Friday, January 25, 2019 at Riverside Cemetery, Troy with Pastor David Thomasson officiating. Military honors will also take place by the Veteran's Memorial Honor Guard of Troy.