Charles E. Gilliam
September 06, 1923 ‒ February 11, 2009
Delaware formerly of Marion, Ohio
Charles E. Gilliam, age 85 of Delaware formerly of Reed Ave. in Marion died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Sarah Moore Home in Delaware surrounded by his family.
Charles was born on September 6, 1923 in Betsey Layne, Kentucky, the second oldest child of nine, born to the late Dewey and Maudie (Ratliff) Gilliam. A carpenter by trade, at the age of 20, he was drafted into the US Army. A veteran of WW II, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and Rhineland Campaign. After the war he remained in Germany until 1950 as part of the Allied occupying Army at the rank of Staff Sergeant. Throughout his military career, he was stationed in Germany,France, Greece, and several stateside bases. He proudly served his country for 20 years.
He met his wife: Georgette (Digne) of 55 years, in France. They fell in love, married and together raised a family of three daughters, all born in France. Following his military career, they moved to Marion in 1964.
He worked at Fairfield Engineering for 20 years. A skilled carpenter, he and his brothers built several homes and repaired numerous others in the Marion area. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church and American Legion Post No. 162. Upon retirement, he started a lawn maintenance business, assisting neighbors, friends and family. Charles was dedicated to and happiest surrounded by his family. The perfect grandfather, he will be remembered for his loving ways, sense of humor, and handsome blue eyes.
In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his daughters and son: Cathy Gilliam (George Leggett) of Columbus, Corrine (Brent) Yager of Caledonia, Natalie (Kim) Link of Galena, Sandy (Paul) Mullins of Cardington, John (Lori) Gilliam of Tennessee, 6 Grandchildren, 6 Great-grandchildren, Brothers: James (Elvie), Leo (Margaret), Sisters: Jackie (Floyd) Boyd, Edith (Gary) Copeland, Tiny Beth Gilliam, Sister-in-law: Helen Gilliam all of Marion.
Preceded in death by infant son: Edward, brothers: Cecil, John, and Arvin.
Friends may call Friday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36), Delaware, where services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday with Rev. David Schalk officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Ohio Veterans Home, 3416 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com