Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home

120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN


Shirley A. Gilliom

July 9, 1931February 8, 2020

Shirley A. Gilliom, 88 passed away on Saturday February 8, 2020. Shirley was born on July 9, 1931 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was a daughter of the late Russell and Mary Belle Goshorn. She graduated from Ossian High School. Shirley worked as a bookkeeper for the Ossian Journal for 20 years. She was a lifetime member of the Ossian United Methodist Church, the Red Hat Society, and an honorary retired member of the PSI IOTA XI Gamma Zeta Sorority. Shirley enjoyed her many trips to Florida with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Gayle (Rob) Kerben; and daughter in-law, Christina Gilliom. Also preceding her in passing was her husband of 59 years, Max Gilliom; and son, Gary Gilliom. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak, 120 W. Mill Street, Ossian 46777, with visitation one hour prior. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ossian United Methodist Church.


  • Ossian United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Shirley A. Gilliom

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Steve Lockwood

February 12, 2020

My first memory of Shirley was when I was about 2 years old. My family lived across the street from the Gillioms in Ossian, Indiana on Norwalt Street. I was friends with Gary (deceased) since that time. Shirley and Max then moved a couple of blocks from us when we lived on Morton Lane in Ossian, and our families were closest of friends during that time. When we moved my parents from Ossian (for health reasons in 2008), I still kept in touch with Max and Shirley, and occasionally visited them when I was in Ossian visiting (from Austin, Texas) whenever I could. My children also remember them both, and when Max passed away, we all kept in touch with Shirley. We were in Ft. Wayne for Gary's Memorial service, and that is the last time I saw her, although I called her occasionally.

Shirley was an awesome parent to Gary and Gayle, and was a fantastic cook. I always introduced her to my friends when we visited annually for the Indy 500, and they all loved her as well.

My family and I will miss her dearly! I think she may be the last of the "old Ossian Gang".

Steve Lockwood

Steve Gilliom

February 12, 2020

Our sympathies from David Gilliom and Steve Gilliom distant relatives.

Our connection is: Milton Gilliom was Max Gilliom's Dad. Milton was David Gilliom's uncle. David's Dad Clinton was Brother to Max). Steve Is David Gilliom's Son. We did not know Shirley but know there is a family connection.

Prayers for the family.

Sarah McCorkle

February 10, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. We lived next door for sixteen years and I loved being her neighbor. She was the perfect neighbor and she will be missed. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dale, Sarah, Brendan & Spencer McCorkle