James E Gilliland

May 21, 1938 ~ January 22, 2021 (age 82)


James “Jim” Gilliland went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Hilliard Memory Care.  He fought a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. 

Jim was born May 21, 1938, the son of the late Dale and Golda (Kanney) Gilliland of Van Wert. He graduated from Van Wert High School in 1956 and attended Case Western Reserve University and International Business College. On June 28, 1958 he married Barbara Watson, they were blessed to share 62 years together.  He worked at National Seal for 37 years. 

Jim was one of the original members of Calvary Evangelical Church, and later a member of Grace Bible Church and First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland, Florida. He enjoyed the fellowship of Builders Sunday School Class at Calvary and Seekers II connect group in Florida where he formed lifelong friendships. 

Jim is survived by his wife Barbara and children Barry (Mary) Gilliland of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cindi (Don) Stemen of Hilliard, Ohio, and Patti (Kirk) Adams of Middle Point, Ohio; seven wonderful grandchildren, James, William and Alyssa Gilliland, Abbey and Alek (Michelle) Stemen, Erin (Mike) Reed and Ethan (Amanda) Adams, and seven precious great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by one brother, Paul (Diane) Gilliland and one sister Jean Taylor and several nieces. 

Due to Covid-19, a private family memorial service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with a family visitation at 10:00 a.m. at Cowan Funeral Home.  

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to Hospice of Central Ohio.  They are a wonderful, compassionate organization. 

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Funeral Service


Memorial Service
January 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 S. Washington St
Van Wert, OH 45891

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