Arch Gillam

May 09, 1939 ‒ November 21, 2015

Galion, Ohio

Arch Gillam was a simple, hard-working man, instilling many of his values into his children. His priority was his family and he enjoyed his role of caretaker. He would often check in on anybody, sometimes unannounced. Arch, 76, of Galion passed away surrounded by his family, Saturday afternoon, November 21, 2015 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion.

He was born May 9, 1939 in Carter County, Kentucky and was the son of Lonnie and Rosie (Spillman) Gillam.

Arch worked as a welder for Shafer Valve in Mansfield. He loved to fish and was very handy with anything that had a motor. Arch would help anybody and was most proud of raising his four children.

He is survived by his children, daughters Kristy (Paul) Hamilton of Galion, Betty (Joshua) Brown of Lexington, sons Terry (Linda) Gillam of Galion and David (Amie) Gillam of Mansfield; nine grandchildren, Joni (Timothy) O’Leary, Joshua (Kori) Gillam, T.J. (Valerie Larson) Gillam, Brandy Randolph, Travis Miller, A.J. Randolph, Elizabeth Gillam, Rachel Gillam and Zachary Gillam; 13 great-grandchildren and two brothers Moses Gillam of Tiffin and Lonnie Gillam Jr. of Mansfield.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers, Earon, Issac, Verlin, James and Elijah Gillam and three sisters Madeline Richmond, Thelma Ivy and Ona Justice.

Following his wishes, there will be no viewing or services.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Arch Gillam, and condolences may be made to them at

  • to all of the GILLAM FAMILY,
    so sorry to hear that your dad has past. he was a good dad to all of you. always putting his children first. may he rest in peace. god bless all of you.

    aunt cheryl and leroy.

  • I’m really going to miss old uncle Arch. I hate to see another of the Gillam brothers gone. I truly feel for David,Terry,Kristy, and Betty , I know what it feels like to loose your dad……..
    your cousin Bryce

  • I too am going to miss (great) uncle Arch. I got to talk to him more at each reunion and it was nice to hear old stories about the family and his life and see him smile with all the kids around. Very happy he got to meet his great great nieces and nephews. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Your cousin, Matthew and family

  • Remember Arch from the neighborhood growing up he always had a smile and a wave as he drove by.

  • Grandpa Arch was always so quiet and kind.He had kind eyes and was such a great man.I’ll miss running into him at random places all over town.I’m very sorry for your loss.I love this family with all my heart.I have been blessed to have them in my life.

  • Uncle Arch was a good man! Great Father and a wonderful Uncle. He will be greatly missed by everyone. But he’s with his family now , laughing and rejoicing ! Gonna miss him! Love you all and prayers for peace comfort during this time. Love Hazel Your cousin

  • Arch was a wonderful father and was always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever needed it. He will be missed by many. Archs family has been a part of my life for many years. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you .

  • Dear Kristy, We are so sorry for your loss. Although I never met him it speaks volumes to his legacy that he raised such a caring, loving daughter. You make your Daddy proud and we love you.

    Deepest Sympathy,

    Regina, Bill, Ian & Andrea

  • I am so sorry to hear about Archie. He was a wonderful person, always tried to help and was always kind and had a smile for everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family!

  • Im am so sorry for your lose me and my husband Mark lived next door to Archie and he was a real good person and neighbor rest in peace archie you will be missed

  • David,Terry,Kristy, and Betty,
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all through this trying time in life. Please cherish all the good times that Archie had or shared with each of you,and he will live forever in your hearts. God Bless and RIP Archie

  • To all of the Gillam family,

    What a blessing it was to know such a wonderful man. I remember walking what seemed like miles from our home on South Market to his house. As a child I recall how nice he was to our family. Now as an adult, I really respect Arch because he accomplished so much in his life. He was a wonderful parent to his children and the best of friend to anyone. He always had a smile on his face. Each person who knew Arch I wish them peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in their hearts.Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.

  • To the Gillam Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss.We are so glad we were able to see him at the family reunion this past summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.