OBITUARY

James S. "Jack" Gilland

January 28, 1920March 10, 2018
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James S. “Jack” Gilland, 98, of Connersville, passed away Saturday morning, March 10, 2018, at Caroleton Manor Nursing Home where he had resided since April 2016.

Jack was born in Dayton, Ohio, January 28, 1920, the only child of Stewart Henry and Reva Alverda Brown Gilland and moved to Connersville at an early age to live with his grandmother, Minnie Newell. He was a 1938 graduate of Connersville High School and married the former Beulah Christine Blaase at her home on April 12, 1941. As a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, Jack attained the rank of Sergeant while stationed with the Headquarters Service Group in Tokyo, Japan. His military decorations included the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. He was proud of his military service and often attended local veterans celebrations dressed in his uniform.

Jack was a member of Calvary Baptist Church from 1943 to 1973 where he was the first Sunday School Superintendent, served as a deacon and trustee, and sang in the choir and quartets. Jack was a charter member of the Connersville Baptist Temple. His deep, resonating, bass voice was an integral part of the Evangelairs Quartet for over twenty-five years. Jack was also a member of Gideons International, the American Legion, AMVETS, Warren Lodge #15, F.&A.M. where he had served as chaplain and had served as Connersville Township Trustee. After working for fourteen years at American Kitchens, he was the manager of Sears catalog stores in Mt. Pleasant and Coldwater, Michigan and Richmond, Indiana. He continued his employment in sales and insurance with Metropolitan Life Insurance, Hopkins Insurance Agency and Spartan Realty. In 1988, Jack began working at Showalter Blackwell Funeral Home as a prearrangement counselor and later as a greeter for twenty years until his retirement due to ill health.

Jack is survived by his daughter: Sheila Fiscus of Columbus; grandchildren: Brad Hillman of Muncie, Bethany Peetz of Columbus; great-granddaughters: Kara and Kailey Peetz of Columbus; brothers-in-law: Oliver Allen and Robert Blaase; nephews: Jack Allen and Chris Blaase; niece: Nancy Allen Clifford and her husband, Jerry; cousins and their spouses: Bernard Brown, Doug Brown and Sandy, Dianne Reynolds and Robert, Sally Apple and Gary; several great-nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years who passed away April 24, 2016, his grandmother, an uncle: Delmor Brown; and his sisters-in-law: Donna Blaase and Mary Allen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2018, at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Pastor Kim McHale of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in section D at Dale Cemetery with military honors by the Fayette County Veterans Council. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. In honor of Jack’s involvement and love of animals, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or to the Fayette County Humane Society. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to www.ShowalterBlackwellLong.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018
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James S. "Jack" Gilland

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Barbie (Dawson) Sterling

March 13, 2018

Jack Gilland was such a friendly, faithful man of God. As a child and a teenager at Calvary Baptist Church, my husband, Don and I loved to talk to him or hear him sing in the Evangalairs Quartet. For as long as we had a record player we played one of their records every Sunday morning while getting our family ready for church. Later, we would see him at the funeral home when we came home to Connersville for funerals or at Baptist Temple when we visited there. He always asked when we were going to move back "home". Unfortunately, it looks like that will never happen at this point; but we will see Jack and Beulah again when we are really HOME in Heaven.

Gelenda Slone

March 13, 2018

I had the privilege of singing in a quartet with Jack. I enjoyed it so very much and he was always so happy . He liked to hear my daughter, Danielle, play piano. I'm sure he is happy in heaven today with his Lord and his Beulah. God bless you all .

Chuck Rathel

March 13, 2018

I have had the honor of knowing Jack for many, many years. He was a friend, an encouragement and a fellow servant of God. When I was in college the group he sang in came to Springfield, Missouri to sing in a church. I went to hear them and was warmly welcomed and encouraged by Jack. Through the years we have had those special moments where we have laughed together, cried together and served God together. Sweet memories!

My condolences to his family and friends. Heaven has a new Bass singer!

Becky Meyer Hymer

March 13, 2018

Jack was one of the sweetest men I have ever known. He never failed to make a person feel welcome in church. My parents often told us stories about Jack driving around on Sunday mornings to invite children to church.
Growing up at Calvary I loved his deep "hello there", and to hear him singing. While he will be greatly missed here, I am sure he is celebrating his home coming.

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