Mr. Dale Gilliland (1933-2012) information

It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of our dear friend Mr. Dale Gilliland. Dale passed away on Thursday, June 28th. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Suzie and her family.

Here is the obituary (found on

Dale Gilliland

Dale A. Gilliland Bellevue Dale A. Gilliland, 79, of Bellevue, died Thursday, June 28, 2012. He was the lifelong, loyal friend of Elizabeth “Betty” (Douglas) Gilliland; loving father of Virginia G. “Ginny” (Philip) Petraglia, of Hampton Township, Ruthie G. (Mark) Riethmuller, of Hampton Township, and Suzanne L. Gilliland, of Bellevue; brother of Donald A. Gilliland, of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.; grandfather of Daniel Gilliland Reithmuller and Douglas Scott Reithmuller; uncle of Sharon Gilliland Buttermore and Heather Shaver; also survived by his beloved dogs, Lizzie and Flossie. Dale Alexander Gilliland was born Feb. 12, 1933, in Bellevue, to Alexander Vance and Mary Louise Gardner Gilliland. Dale attended the Bellevue School District (now Northgate), where he graduated in the class of 1951. Dale’s musical life started at age five, when he began piano studies and advanced his studies to the organ at age 12. On Feb. 6, 1949, as a young 15 year old, he “slipped onto the organ bench” to play his first service at Knoxville Baptist Church, which was just a start to a career of more than 60 years! He spent time in the service for his country in the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va., as a chaplain’s assistant from 1953 to 1956. He was an organist/choir director at the Emsworth United Presbyterian Church, the Bellevue Baptist Church, Bellevue United Presbyterian Church, Watson Presbyterian Church, Mt. Calvary Presbyterian Church and Crafton United Presbyterian Church. In 1995, Dale returned to Riverview United Presbyterian Church and continued to serve as the organist on Observatory Hill. Dale served as the treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He was the past president and treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM). Dale sat on the Organ Committee when the Luley organ was being built at Riverview, the Pittsburgh Opera Production Committee and the Musician’s Club of Pittsburgh. He worked at Pennock’s, Cutain Call, was a freelance florist and volunteered at the Food Bank at Riverview Church. There will be no visitation. Interment held within the privacy of the family. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME INC., Bellevue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverview United Presbytrian Church Organ Fund, 3505 Perrysville Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15214, Ligonier Camp and Conference Center (LCCC) 188 Macartney Lane, Ligonier, PA 15658,, or the National Kidney Foundation of the Alleghenies, 3109 Forbes Ave., Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15213,


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