William “Tom” Gilleland Jr., 67, of Cottage Hills, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 21, 2014, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
He was born on November 20, 1946, in Wood River, the son of the late William and Harriet (Hayes) Gilleland Sr.
He married Debra L. (Tribble) on February 29, 2008, in Edwardsville. She survives.
Tom served his country for three years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for the Norfolk Southern Railroad repairing track for 10 years, retiring in 1984. He was then employed at DePaul Hospital in the maintenance department. He was a member of Forest Homes First Southern Baptist Church in Cottage Hills and Cottage Hills VFW Post 7678, where he served as Commander. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, football, watching wrestling, and most of all, spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Vicki and Robert Heden of OR, Brandy and Matt Kotzamanis of Bethalto, and David and Alissa Gilleland of Rosewood Heights; three grandchildren, Lacy and John Kotzamanis and Ember Heden; one sister, Ruth Ellen Yanczer of White Hall, MO; and by several nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronald “Modoc” Gilleland, and by his paternal grandmother who raised him, Allie Clark.
Services were through Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Online condolence and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com