Robert "Bob" Gilland, 72, born in Thunderhawk, S.D., Oct. 27, 1930, died May 19, 2003.
He spent most of his life in rural South Dakota, taking time out to serve our county in the Marines, finishing his service in 1952. He was a rancher until June of 1988, when he retired to Sioux Falls, working at cafes and motels in maintenance and dish washing, a big change from ranching. Bob moved to Billings in August 1993, working at Red Roof Inn part-time doing maintenance work.
He loved John Wayne movies, Louis L'Amour books, hunting, fishing, and was a wealth of information about any kind of animals, domestic or wild.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jeanette, whom he married on Oct. 27, 1973. They would have celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. Other survivors include six stepchildren, Darrel Bonner and wife Juanita of Billings, Arnold Bonner of Greeley, Colo., Beverly Vaughn and husband Max of Colby, Kan., Orville Bonner and wife Brenda of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Linda Songstead and husband Robert of Crooks, S.D., and Carol Peckosh and husband Trent of Loveland, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth "Lizzy" Jane Williamson Gilland and Robert Gilland, Sr. Siblings still surviving are sister Annie Mae Purdon and her husband Duane, Gladys Lucile Kilween and Sadie Lavern Gull, Edward (George) Gilland and James "Jim" Gilland. As a young man, Robert furnished the deer for this large family. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Bob's paternal great-great-grandfather was Chief Gull.
Cremation has taken place. Service will be at Faith Chapel, May 24, at 10:30 a.m.