Gladys Elizabeth Dillard, age 73, of New Germany, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at her residence in New Germany, after a noble battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Bongards, the daughter of Willard and Myrtle (Engelen) Richardson. Gladys was baptized, and later confirmed her faith, both at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bongards.
She was a 1962 graduate of Central High School.
Gladys was united in marriage with Melvin Dillard Dec. 3, 1962, in Wichita, KS. This union was blessed with one daughter, Pam.
Gladys and Melvin spent the first years of their marriage in Oklahoma, before moving back to Minnesota in 1974, and settling in New Germany.
Gladys suffered the death of her husband in July 2010.
Gladys spent many years as an office manager for Warner Wallcoverings in Minnetonka.
She and Melvin were avid campers, and spent many of their summers at the Riverside Campground in Monticello.
Gladys enjoyed playing cards, bingo, day bus trips, and spending time with family and friends.
In addition to her husband, Melvin, she was preceded in death by her parents, Willard and Myrtle Richardson; brothers Dean Richardson, and Maynard Richardson; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Basil and Lillian Dillard.
Gladys is survived by her loving family: daughter and son-in-law Pam and Adam Barlau of Watertown; grandsons Christopher Barlau of Norwood Young America, and the Rev. Joseph (Amanda) Barlau of Seymour, IN; great-grandchildren Matthew Barlau, Joshua Barlau, Miriam Barlau, and Naomi Barlau; sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Mark Paulson of New Germany; brother Darwin Richardson of New Germany; and other relatives and friends.
The funeral service took place Thursday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with the Rev. Joseph Barlau officiating. Interment was in the St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery.
There was visitation at the church Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m.; and continuing Thursday one hour prior to the service.
Serving as casket bearers were Christopher Barlau, Rev. Joseph Barlau, Nathan Richardson, John Klaustermeier, John Klaustermeier Jr., and Tim Richardson.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.