Richard “Rich” Gilliand | obituary

January 27, 1940
April 8, 2022

Richard (Rich) E. Gilliand, 82, of Meadville, died April 8, 2022.
He was born January 27, 1940 in Meadville, the son of the late George A. and the late Cleo (Walters) Gilliand.
On October 18, 2002, he married Claudia Almon Higham; she survives.
A veteran of the United States Army, Richard served his country overseas in Germany and then again in the United States at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and Fort Knox in Kentucky. After his honorable discharge, he began his printing career with Meadville Printcraft in 1963 before moving into his own printing business in 1970, Group 4 Printing. In between, he spent 30 years in the printing business. In 1991 he bought The Cleaners, a dry cleaning business in Market St. Rich participated in the first Little League program in the town of Meadville in 1952, then the first Babe Ruth League. He remained involved in the baseball community as a coach, umpire, and member of the Meadville Little League Program Board of Directors. He also participated in the Meadville Little Gridders program. Rich was a proud member of the Meadville community and was very civic. He was a Life Member of First Presbyterian Church, Member of the Meadville Jaycees, Meadville Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Kiwanis Club (President), Visiting Nurses Association (President), Meadville Medical Center (Board of Founders) and Meadville Masonic Lodge #234. He was also an avid golfer. Rich was very proud of the fact that during his time with the Meadville Jaycees he served as Parade Director of the Meadville Halloween Parade and was instrumental in getting the parade started on time. Rich loved his country, his community and his family. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Claudia Gilliand; one son, Michael Gilliand; one daughter, Marci Finton (Dr. Dennie); one brother, Edward Gilliand (Jane); stepsons, Stephen Higham (Tami), Matthew Higham (Michelle); six grandsons, Drew Finton (Courtney), Nicklaus Gilliand (Erin), Cole Finton, Parker Gilliand, Parker Higham and
Evan Higham; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, George and Cleo, Rich was predeceased by his sister, Jean Keller.
Friends are invited to celebrate Rich’s life on Monday, April 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Kepler Hotel, 900 Market St., Meadville, or you can share a memory or condolences with family condolences on
Rich will be buried in Saegertown Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff at Wesbury for their care and attention.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Rd., or Ernst Trail, PO Box 592, both in Meadville, PA, 16335.

Published on April 11, 2022

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