Harry Jon Bennett Gilliland, known as “Jack”, age 74, of Greenfield, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. He was born on January 17, 1943 in Indianapolis as the son of Charles J. and Frances (Michael) Gilliland.
He graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1961. Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1965. He married Carole Rose (Ubelhor) on October 16, 1965 who passed away in 2009.
He worked for Chrysler for 20 years and then eventually retired from Naval Avionics after 20 years in mechanic ordinance. Jack was a past member of the Masonic Lodge in Eden. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, spending time outdoors and loved taking care of his pets. Jack had a great sense of humor and really knew how to make his family and friends smile. He was known to many as a kind and quiet man. Jack was a man of faith.
Jack is survived by his children, Debbie (Kelly) Behen of Bloomington, Andy Gilliland of Greenfield and Rebecca Gilliland of Indianapolis; special friend, Edith McCurdy; brothers, Bill Gilliland and Rusty Gilliland; sister, Peggy Gilliland; seven grandchildren, Larry, Brandon, Amanda, Brady, Xavier, Jude and Sydney; five great-grandchildren; close friend and brother-in-law, Floyd Snider; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Frances Gilliland; wife, Carole Gilliland; and brothers, Charles “Nick” Gilliland and Pat Gilliland.
Visitation will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Park Cemetery in Greenfield. Military rites will be presented by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made by mail to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9075 N. Meridian Street, Suite #150, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or to the Andy Gilliland & Friends Annual Golf Benefit, 2420 E. Mill Stream Drive, Greenfield, IN 46140. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary.
Friends may share a memory or a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.