OBITUARY - LYNDEN "LYLE" FRANKLIN GILLILAND
February 16, 1934 - October 29, 2010
Lynden Lyle Franklin GILLILAND was born February 16, 1934 at the family farm in Riley Township in southern Ringgold
County, Iowa, to David Franklin and Inez WAERS GILLILAND. His oldest sister, Ruby, was already married and had a son. His
sister, Ruth, had also already left home and was a school teacher.
Lyle grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1952. On May
26, 1954, he married Jean BRAND.
Lyle and Jean had four children; Barbara Jean, Carol Anne, Michael Lyle, and Steven Duane. Lyle farmed with his dad. After
the death of Lyle's father in 1965, Lyle, Jean, and the children moved to the family farm.
It was an honor for Lyle to continue the family farm with the next generation working with Mike. It was during this time
that the farm became a century farm – it had been in the GILLILAND family for over 100 years. Lyle and Jean worked side by
side at the farm until they sold it and moved to Mount Ayr in 2004.
Lyle served on the REC Board of Directors and was a trustee of Riley Township for many years.
Lyle's faith was an important part of his life. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1954. He and Jean were
instrumental in starting the Mount Ayr Regular Baptist Church. Lyle served as a Sunday school teacher and a deacon for
Lyle was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2004 but was able to stay in his home with Jean's faithful loving care until July
2010 when he fell and broke his hip. He then moved to Mount Ayr Health Care where he roomed with his brother-in-law Earl
BRAND. Lyle passed from here to heaven Friday morning, October 29, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters.
He is survived by his wife Jean; daughter Barbara REYNOLDS and husband Dennis of Nevada; daughter Carol Anne GALLOWAY and
husband Bob of Kellerton; son Mike GILLILAND and wife Debbie of Mount Ayr; and son Steve GILLILAND and wife Debbie of
Huxley; grandsons James, Jason and Joshua REYNOLDS; Matthew, Mitchell and Brett GILLILAND; granddaughters Jennifer
GUSTAFSON, Sarah NEWTON, Laura KISSARETS, Maggie COX, Kimberly BRUMM and Karen GILLILAND; 19 great grandchildren (all
age 9 and under); three nephews Dennis, Earl and Marvin SWIGART; and many friends.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 1, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Regular Baptist Church of Mount Ayr. Interment
was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2010
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