Richard L. Silla
Oct. 4, 1928-Oct. 6, 2023
Richard L. Silla, Resident of Danville. October 4, 1928 - October 6, 2023. Rich passed peacefully at his home of 45 years, just two days after his 95th birthday. Born in San Jose, he attended Oakland schools, and upon graduation from Fremont High School, went to work for his father’s business, C.G. Silla Music Company. Two years later he joined the National Guard, and a year after that, he married Gail Killian, his high school sweetheart. Before being discharged from the Guard, Rich was sent overseas to serve a year in Korea. After that, he returned home to go back to work in what later became the family business, Silla Music Company. After their father (C.G.) retired, Rich, together with his brother Joe, ran the business until they both retired in 1991.
Rich had a full life with Gail, his beloved wife of nearly 67 years. They were very active socially, until her passing in 2016. Rich greatly enjoyed boating and water skiing in the early years, but the latter half of his life was devoted to golf. An avid golfer for many years, he still met up with his golfing buddies for lunch on a regular basis.
Beloved by his entire family, Rich was also preceded in death by both of his brothers, Michael and Joe, and his niece Nancy Plummer. He is survived by his nephews Stephen Silla (Barbara), Mark Killian (Mona), niece Christine Smith (Russell), and six grand nephews.