Meadville Tribune

December 11, 2013

Ray A. Gilliland

Meadville Tribune

CLARKS MILLS — Ray A. Gilliland of Hadley Road, Clarks Mills (Perry Township), passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, 2013, of natural causes. He was 67.

Ray was born in Greenville on Oct. 20, 1946, a son of Robert R. and Frances M. Derr Gilliland. On Aug. 29, 1980, he married the former Katherine Thompson, who preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 1998; he subsequently married the former Twila A. Osborn on July 15, 1999.

He had been employed for more than 19 years at the former Westinghouse, Sharon, and had been self-employed as a dairy farmer and also owned and operated Gilliland General Store in Atlantic and Utica. He had attended Clarks Mills United Methodist Church. Ray enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising horses, taking great pride in showing them.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Frances M. Gilliland of Greenville; three sons, Robert W. Gilliland and his wife, Michelle, of Saegertown, Lester E. Ault and his wife, Michelle, of Cochranton, and Brad Miller and his wife, Beth, of Greenville; two daughters, Tami L. Baker and her husband, Rusty, of Cochranton, and Donna Emigh and her husband, Joe, of Utica; two sisters, Kitty M. Wolfe and her husband, James, of Greenville, and Chip Sheffer and her husband, George, of Greenville; his first wife, Louise Gilliland of Meadville; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by his father; and his second wife, Katherine.

Friends may call at Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 3223 Perry Highway, Sheakleyvile, on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and are invited to share memories and condolences online at

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dayton Mix, pastor of Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, officiating. The committal service and interment will follow at Stevenson Cemetery, Salem Township.

The family has suggested that memorial tributes be made to a charity of the donor’s choice or to Utica Volunteeer Fire Department, P.O. Box 83, Utica, Pa. 16362.