David A. Schilling, Industry Leader and Founder of Schilling Graphics, Passes Away

Glass Magazine
April 10, 2019
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION : PEOPLE

David A. Schilling, founder of Schilling Graphics in Galion, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 20, at home surrounded by his family. He was 86.

Schilling established Schilling’s Advertising in 1963 with a focus on local screen-printing companies. With the growth of this new business venture, he became a pioneer in the new and evolving auto-glass decorating market. In 1974, Schilling Advertising moved into its first and current headquarters in Galion. With the continued growth of industrial screen printing, the company changed its name to Schilling Graphics and became one of the leading suppliers to the industry.

Schilling transitioned the company in 1993 to his son Doug, who currently heads up Schilling Inc., formerly Schilling Graphics. Today, the company operates four sites across the country and is known for providing cutting-edge solutions for printing, decorating and digital printing technologies to companies throughout North America.

“Dave was a very personable individual to work for,” says Phil Shirley, artwork services manager, who has been at the company more than 32 years. “He took lot of interest in his employees and always made an effort to know his people and their families. He will be missed as a good former boss but more so as a great person…”

Schilling was also a family man and dedicated father. His positive attitude, ability to build lasting relationships and his willingness to mentor others were some of his most outstanding qualities, say his colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and their five children, Douglas M. Schilling, Gregory D. Schilling, Tamara S. Winn, Lynn Keator and Harold “Hank” Jones.