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Harold "Gene" Gilliland

November 14, 1944 -
June 9, 2021

 

Harold E. (Gene) Gilliland, 76, of Sadorus, passed away at home on June 9, 2021, surrounded by family.

Gene was born on November 14, 1944, in Champaign, to Harold E. and Mayme Irene (Freeman) Gilliland, Sr.

Gene attended school in Urbana.  He left high school in the 11th grade to help his fa…read more

 

Harold E. (Gene) Gilliland, 76, of Sadorus, passed away at home on June 9, 2021, surrounded by family.

Gene was born on November 14, 1944, in Champaign, to Harold E. and Mayme Irene (Freeman) Gilliland, Sr.

Gene attended school in Urbana.  He left high school in the 11th grade to help his father farm, which he enjoyed doing for many years.  Throughout his life he worked many jobs which included: farming, over the road truck driving, tow truck operator, and diesel mechanic.  He was a jack of all trades and was always tinkering with something.  He was very hard-working man with strong work ethics.

Gene married his wife, Sandra (Sandy) Kay Benson on January 23, 1969, in Urbana.  She survives.

He is also survived by a son Kevin (Shorty) Gilliland, daughters; Tracy Spencer, Candy (Cissy) Scroggins, Holly Gilliland; grandchildren, Chris (Kim) Spencer, Carmen Spencer, Victoria (Tori) Scroggins, Lacy Gilliland; great-grandchildren, Logan, Maggie, Layla, Charli and Jimmy; brother, John (Butch) Gilliland; sisters, Sandy Rosenbeck and Martha Meade and many more family members.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, a brother (Bobby), a daughter (Deana Lynn), a son (Jimmy), son-in-law (Tom Spencer), brother-in-law (Ron Meade), and sister-in-law (Kaaren Gilliland).

Gene had a green thumb and could make just about anything grow.  He loved to keep busy doing something, whether it was gardening and canning, planting flowers, or just messing around in the garage. He loved spending time with his family.

Gene has requested no service. His wish was to be cremated and everyone have a family dinner which will be planned at a later date.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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