Rev. Carl Leslie Gillilan, son of Stanley Alfred and Florence Mae Stout Gillilan, was born on Aug. 17, 1915, in Coolville, Ohio.
He graduated from Belpre High School in 1934, and married Frances Cathleen Blake on Friday, May 15, 1942. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army Air Force with a station Compliment Squadron at an Air Service Command Depot in Warrington, England. After the war, he had a 22-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He was ordained in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and served various churches in Athens, Meigs, Washington and Hocking Counties before retiring in 1987.
Carl was a member of the Mount Herman Church of the United Brethren In Christ. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #9053 and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #53. He was also a member of the Coolville Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Frances Blake Gillilan, and a sister, Dorothy M. Warner. In addition, he is survived by his four children and their families, Roger L. and Sharon (Fiddler) Gillilan of Dayton, Ohio, Linda E. (Gillilan) and James V. Frey of Belpre, Ohio, Karlen Joyce (Gillilan) Smith of Lancaster, Ohio, and David E. Gillilan of Coolville, Ohio. He is also survived by six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley A. Gillilan; mother, Florence M. (Stout) Gillilan; and brother, Charles L. Gillilan.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, Ohio, with Rev. Harley Fiddler officiating. Burial will be in the Coolville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, from 1 p.m. until time of service.
Donations can be made to Huntington University, Forrester Fund, Office of Advancement, Huntington University, 2303 College Ave, Huntington, IN 46750.
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