Louis M. Gilliland

December 14, 1928 ‒ September 09, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

To most people the sky is the limit, to Louis Gilliland the sky was home. A licensed pilot he loved to fly. Self described as “a flying nut” he owned two planes and was a member of the Sea Planes Pilots Association.

Louis mounted the wings of freedom from this world early Saturday morning September 9, 2017 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 88.

Born December 14, 1928 in Oceola to parents Nelson Ray and Charlotte Rebecca (Kanabel) Gilliland, he was graduated from Nevada High School in 1946.

At the end of WWII he served as an aviation machinist with the Naval Air Corps, which sparked his love for flying. After the war, he farmed some, then served the Wyandot County Sherriff’s Department, before accepting a position as an insurance adjuster. For 40 years he worked with Buckeye Union, Continental New York, and Grange Insurance Companies.

A member of American Legion Post #535, Bellville, Louis was also a member of Butler Lions Club, the NRA, and was recently respected with a Washington D.C. Honor Flight. An avid sportsman of hunting and fishing, Louis enjoyed sporting shows – he genuinely enjoyed people – and was creative in making stained glass lamp shades.

He is survived by his son Michael Gilliland of Bellville; daughters Deborah (Brian) Jessen of Bellville and Judy Burton of Mansfield; grandchildren Rick Burton, Kim Hager, and Jasmine Estes; seven great-grandchildren; twin sister Lois Stuckey of Upper Sandusky; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

His wife of 59 years, Charlotte Ann (Paul) Gilliland preceded him in death on March 28, 2016. Also deceased is a granddaughter Ashley Estes and a sister Peggy Jane Harrison.

The Gilliland family will receive friends Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Louis’ life will begin immediately at 1 p.m. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate.

Contributions in Louis’ memory to Butler-Clear Fork Adult Center may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Louis’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • So sorry for your loss, I bought their home on Hazlett Rd years ago he seemed like a great guy, I wasn’t aware Mrs G had passed on last year till I read this, again so sry for your loss they were great people

  • So sad to hear he passed. He and Char came to our meals at Bellville First Baptist each month until she passed last year. He will be missed!

  • Denny and I were very saddened to hear the news. We will miss our neighbor!! What a good guy he was! You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Fly high, Lou!

  • So sorry for your loss, such a special gentleman. It was always such a pleasure to see Lou and spend time with him. I always enjoyed our discussions on Alaska. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of Gil . he was my boss in Underwriting Ajustment co.and was a very nice boss you have my condolence