Rollin R. Gilliland, 72, Oklahoma City, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 14, 2013. He was born Feb. 14, 1941, to Lawrence R. and Helen Moore Gilliland in Lone Elm.
He graduated from Kincaid High School, completed an associates degree at Iola Community College, Iola, and later earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bethany Nazarene College (SNU) Bethany, Okla. in 1963.
He enjoyed a long career at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe as the campus locksmith, retiring in 2002. Rollin was best known as the greatest safe technician in the country and a highly respected mentor and instructor in the field. He had a wide variety of interests: flying, sky-diving, scuba-diving and restoring military jeeps. He was a long time member of the Missouri-Kansas Locksmith Association and SAVTA (Safe & Vault Technicians Association).
Moving to OKC in 2010, he became a member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 50 years, Margaret Gilliland; sister, Juanita Williams (Harold) of Le Roy; nephews, Michael and Danny Williams of Mineral, Va.; and a special niece, Jessica Blackmon of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He leaves behind a host of special relatives and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Bethany, Okla. Memorials may be made to MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, and Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla. for student scholarships as well as the Parkinson’s Association of Oklahoma. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com
Margaret Jean Smoot, 86, formerly of Gas, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Iola Nursing Center.Margaret was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of Merrill and Helen Marie (Fuehrer) Goodsell. On Aug. 12, 1944, the Goodsell family moved to Gas. Margaret graduated... [More]
Iola native Stanley A. Miller, 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, in Grove, Okla.Funeral Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove, with Father Alex Kennedy officiating. Stanley will be laid to rest beside his parents in Iola. Family and friends... [More]
Our dear beloved aunt, Blanche N. Boman, 85, Las Cruces, N.M. entered eternal life on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. Blanche was born July 28, 1929, in Moran to Archie E. Sr. and Ocie E. Dickenson Boman. On Dec. 15, 1960, Blanche left... [More]
A school district is similar to a household when it comes to budgeting. It, too, has bills and must deal with limited resources. For USD 257, the maintenance of its buildings has required a larger and larger portion of its budget, leaving little funds for other departments such... [More]
The latest in a series of forums regarding USD 257’s upcoming school bond vote will at 7 o’clock tonight at LaHarpe City Hall.Tonight’s event, sponsored by the school district, is the first of three meetings in coming days.A town hall meeting organized by a... [More]
The proposed site for new schools remains a sticking point for opponents.It took years for USD 257 Board of Education members to find what they considered the best site for new elementary and high schools in Iola, Board President Tony Leavitt said this week. Voters will decide... [More]
A last-minute goal in extra time ended Allen Community College’s men’s soccer season on a sour note Wednesday, with a 2-1 loss against Neosho.“I thought we had some opportunities to finish some goals earlier and put the game up 2 or 3 to nothing,” coach... [More]
GARNETT — Iola High’s volleyball team earned two wins to end the regular season Tuesday afternoon.Iola defeated Prairie View, 25-9 and 25-11. Emery Driskel had 12 kills, an ace and an assist. Kyra Moore had 14 assists, two aces and four kills. Emma Piazza recorded... [More]
- GARNETT — Kohl Endicott did what he does best Thursday night — outrun everyone. Endicott helped lead Iola High’s varsity boys cross country team to a first place finish at the Pioneer League Cross Country Meet. The varsity girls took second pl
- SCC clobbers Altoona-Midway, 50-0
- Iola offense stuck in the mud
- Fillies take road sweep
- IMS runners make their marks at Eureka meet
- Cubs fend off Eureka, 26-18
- Fillies lose two three-set matches
- Iola freshmen win