Robert Neal Gilliland, 84, of Kansas City, Missouri, was born September 11, 1929, in Kansas City, the son of Emmett Lee and Bessie Adella (Davidson) Gilliland. He departed this life at 11:47 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Armour Oaks in Kansas City.
Robert was a 1946 Paseo High School graduate.
He was a United States Air Force Korean War Veteran.
On September 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Mildred Ailene McMillan Grady in Miami, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on January 9, 2013.
Robert was employed as a Radio Mechanic for T.W.A. for 35 years retiring in 1991. Prior to his time in the service he was a Radio Disc Jockey in Kennet, Missouri. He was a member of the Northland Cathedral Assembly of God Church. He was also a member of the American Legion and a proud U.A.W. Union member. He was an avid bowler, bowling in three leagues until just a few months ago.
Robert was also preceded in death by two brothers, Emmett Lee Gilliland, Jr. and Joe Gilliland; and one sister, Marianne Goheen.
He is survived by one daughter Sheryl (and Rick) Lavelock of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; three step-daughters, Marceleen (and Robert) Haralson of Stockton, Missouri, Dona (and Russell Jr.) Jones of Platte Woods, Missouri, and Deborah Lieurance of Gladstone, Missouri; one sister, Martha Clark of Kansas City; nine grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; other relatives; and many friends.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the funeral home, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Graveside military services and interment will follow at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with full military honors by the United States Air Force and the Pleasant Hill Veteran’s of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers are Rick Clark, Dylan Haralson, Jake Lavelock, Rick Lavelock, Scott Lavelock, and Colby Lieurance.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Serenity Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.