Gary Hillyard

Born: Sat., Jan. 22, 1949
Died: Wed., Aug. 25, 2021


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 27, 2021
Location: Frame Funeral Home

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Aug. 28, 2021
Location: Rixford Evangelical Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Aug. 28, 2021
Location: Rixford Evangelical Church

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Gary Hillyard
ELDRED — Gary “Grampa Gary” Hillyard, 72, of Indian Creek Road, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday (Aug. 25, 2021) at the Olean General Hospital. 
Born Jan. 22, 1949, in Bradford, he was a son of Ernest and Vivian Mueller Hillyard.   
Gary was a 1967 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School and was a lifelong resident of the Eldred area. 
He had spent his career as a truck driver, having been employed by Popeil’s Pipe Co. in Duke Center, Kendall Oil Co. in Bradford and finally Glenn O. Hawbaker Construction in Turtlepoint, where he worked until his retirement. 
Gary was an avid hunter and enjoyed the outdoors and was a lifelong member of the NRA. He was a longtime member of the Rixford Evangelical Church and enjoyed singing and was a former leader of the choir. 
Surviving are three daughters, Marcy Fargo in Virginia, Valerie Covert in Hawaii and Sara (Jaryd Rodgers) Hillyard of Allegany, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Jamie Fargo, Patrick Fargo, Kaley Giancotti, Jessica Covert, Landon Simon, and Isaiah Rodgers; one brother, Leon Hillyard of Eldred, and two sisters, Bonnie (Tom) Jacoby of Duke Center and Sharon (Gary) Southard of Prentisvale.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Cynthia Hillyard in 1979. 
Friends may call on Friday at the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred from 5 to 7 p.m., and again on Saturday at the Rixford Evangelical Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Mike Rex officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery in Eldred. 

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Carolyn Spencer McCarthy
   Posted Fri August 27, 2021
Please accept my sympathies at the passing of Gary. I have not seen him in recent years but we shared a friendship many years ago. I have fond memories of him with my mom and his mom. He was a good guy. Prayers for his children and grandchildren. Also Leon, Sharon and Bonnie. May God’s peace surround you all. Rest In Peace Gary.

Dan and Roxann Malloy
   Posted Fri August 27, 2021
Sara and family, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan and Roxann

Art Milne
   Posted Sun August 29, 2021
I would like to express my condolences from myself and my wife Darlene to Gary's family. Gary was a good friend and a good person who would do anything for you if he could. I knew Gary from high school and later from working with him at GOH and spent many hours working and laughing with him at the deer shop next door to him that my brother had. Gary was a hoot to be around with his quick wit and great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace my friend.

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