W. Floyd Gilliland, 81, of Hannibal, passed away at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Luther Manor Retirement & Nursing Center in Hannibal. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Michael Stoerger will officiate. Burial with full military honors provided by the Emmette J. Shield Post 55 American Legion, will follow at Grand View Burial Park. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the service at the church. Smith Funeral Home & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gilliland was born July 23, 1931, in Pike County, Mo., near Frankford, the son of Dwight and Goldie Cook Gilliland. He graduated from Frankford High School in 1949 and later served his country during the Korean Conflict in the United States Army. Floyd married Marjorie J. Williams on September 2, 1955, in Hannibal, Mo. Floyd worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) as an office manager for 37 years, retiring in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. Williams Gilliland of Hannibal, Mo.; one son, Gary A. DeRouse-Gilliland and wife Nan of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; foster daughter, Joyce Thomas Salsman and husband Steve of Hannibal, Mo.; one brother, Tony Gilliland and wife Helen of Hannibal, Mo.; and two sisters, Dorothy Flowers and husband Leroy of Spenserburg, Mo., and Lola Jennings of Frankford, Mo. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, and one son, Bruce Kevin Gilliland.
Mr. Gilliland was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he sang in the church choir, served as an usher, and was a former member of Board of Trustees. He played guitar and sang in the Country Cousins Band for Helen Cornelius, later in the Alley Cats and Mark Twain Country Show and sang in the Mark Twain Choral. He was a 54-year member of the Emmette J. Shield Post 55 American Legion, Association of Retired Missouri State Employees (ARMSE), and served on the Luther Manor Retirement & Nursing Center Board.
Memorials can be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church or the St. Jude’s Hospital, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel. Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.