He was born on Aug. 24, 1929 at Hartford, W. Va. to the late John M. and Ella Elizabeth (Gibbs) Gilland.
He was an electrical maintenance at Phillip Sport Plant and a veteran of the U S. Army Air Corps having served in Korea. He belonged to the VFW Post #9926, and American Legion Post #140.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Howard) Gilland; sisters, Fern Quivey and Macel Bumgardner, and a brother, John Blaine Gilland.
He is survived by sons, Darren (Kelly) Gilland of New Haven; Mark (Virginia) Gilland of Pomeroy, Ohio; daughters: Lisa Gilland of New Pam (Rick) Ables of Pomeroy, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Bobbie Jo Harris, Brian Liter, Tommy Bird, Vanessa Bird, Nathan Gilland, Zach Gilland, Isabel Gilland, Torie Gilland; six great grandchildren, Khrystina, Abbie, and Daniel Harris, Nathan, and Emily Liter, Ava Bird.
Other survivors include brothers, Lewis (Irma) Gilland of Mason; brother-in-law Rupert (Dorothy) Howard of Hartford; sister-in-laws: Survilla Gilland of New Haven, GeorgiaMilhoan of Parkersburg, WV; Alice (Jim) Leach of Parkersburg, Marjorie Strickland of Parkersburg; and special friends, Amy Jividen and Marcia Morris, several Niece and nephews.
Pastor Mike Lambert will officiate at the services to be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the Foglesong Tucker Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graham Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, Jan. 11, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. Military graveside services will be performed by the VFW Post 9926 and the American Legoin Post 140.
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