Paul David Rill, 89, of Westminster,went to his Heavenly home on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at Carroll Hospital Center surrounded by his daughters. He celebrated Mother's Day with his beloved wife of 68 years, Annarebekah G. Rill, who passed away on December 7, 2020. Born March 5, 1933 in Clearfield, MD, he was the son of the late Ethel (Hughes) Rill and Roland F. Rill.
Following his graduation from Westminster High School in 1951, he continued his passion for farming on the family farm near Carrollton with his wife and daughters. In addition, he began driving a school bus for a local contractor. In 1968, he was awarded his first school bus contract through the Carroll County Public School system and established his family business, Rill's Bus Service. He continued to increase his school bus fleet throughout the years adding motor coaches to the fleet in 1984. In 2017, he was awarded the "Top Gun Award" by Carroll County Public Schools for 51 years of accident free driving.
He and his wife were honored to serve the transportation needs of Carroll County and far beyond for over 54 years, in addition to providing scenic tours throughout the United States and Canada. He has provided his daughters and their families the opportunity to continue the family legacy in the bus industry. He always enjoyed meeting new people and creating memorable experiences during his extensive travels.
He and his wife began the bus ministry outreach at the Church of the Open Door, involving weekly family visitations and transporting hundreds of children to Sunday School. He served faithfully over the years in various Church leadership positions. One of his greatest passions was his mission travels with his dear friend, Richard Sanford, of New Tribes Mission. They traveled to many countries in South America, Africa, New Guinea, Philippines, and Central America Their mission was to reach the unknown tribal people throughout the world with the gospel of Christ and to encourage the work of missionaries in each area.
He dedicated his daily life to his family and business and was a mentor to many friends and everyone that he met along the way.
He is survived by daughters, Dianne Grote and Doreen Reger (Tim Reger); grandchildren, Lauren Grote (Tyran Dungee), Rochelle Grote (Jason Laguna), Selina Salas (Tereso Salas), and Kristi Jenness (Rob Jenness); and step granddaughters, Hannah Martin (Daniel Martin) and Kayleen Reger (Pat Rickell); great-grandchildren, Nikkea Turner, Ariana and Angelina Rivera, Jason and Marcelino Laguna, Angel, Issac and Junior Salas, Riley and Wyatt Jenness; and step-great -grandchildren, Chandler and Blair Martin.
He was predeceased by sons-in-law William F. Seipp, Jr. and Dale L. Grote, brothers George, Roland and Mervin Rill.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. Friends may also call on Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Interment Carrollton Church of God Cemetery, Finksburg, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ethnos 360, (formerly known as New Tribes Mission), 312 W. First Street, Sanford, FL 32771-1231or to the Todd Comstock Ministries, (Spanish ministry) , 1239 Hoff Road, Hanover, PA.17331.
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