Harry F. Gilliland

Harry F. Gilliland, formerly of E. U.S. 30 in Eden Township, died at 11:08 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky at the age of 90. He had been residing at Fairhaven Retirement and Health Care Community for the last few years.

Mr. Gilliland was born in Crane Township on Jan. 22, 1910, to Perry and Frizzie Belle (Mooney) Gilliland. He married Bertha Schilling in Eden Township on June 4, 1933; she died Sept. 22, 1991.

Surviving are two daughters, Martha Ann Jennings and Mrs. Richard (Marie) Dilley of Westerville; a son, James Gilliland of Upper Sandusky; a brother, Paul Guthrie of Upper Sandusky; a sister, Odessa Sweigard of Upper Sandusky; eight grandchildren, Beth Jindra, Dale Gilliland, Janice Tucker, Alice Gilliland, Mark Dilley, Joyce Bauder, Jeff Dilley and David Dilley; 10 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Paul Hilderbrand and Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn) Powell of Upper Sandusky, with whom he was reared.

Two brothers Adolf and Robert; and three sisters Hazel Redman, Nellie Ekleberry and Flora Sammet are deceased.

Mr. Gilliland was a retired farmer. He had worked as a janitor for Eden School, for Kuenzli Quarry, and he worked road maintenance for Eden Township. He also helped with the building of a section of the Old Lincoln Highway.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church for more than 67 years. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau 6 since 1945. He was a former Wyandot County Commissioner, serving from 1964 to 1972, and was a former school board member of the Eden Centralized School. His grandfather, James Lafayette, was one of the original habitants of Wyandot County, and helped build the first Wyandot County Courthouse and the railroad through Upper Sandusky.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Salem United Methodist Church, on U.S. 30 east of Upper Sandusky. The Rev. Sonja Bender will officiate. Burial will be in Salem Church Cemetery. Friends and family may call Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Lucas Funeral Home, 476 S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church and Fairhaven Retirement community in care of the funeral home.

--Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky, OH, Thursday, October 26, 2000