Lee R. Gilliland

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Lee Gilliland, 38, of Springfield, Ore., died of a coronary event Saturday, May 19, while on a retreat in central Oregon.

Visitation is 1:30 to 3:30 today at the Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. Further celebration of Lee's amazing life is 3 p.m. Tuesday at Solid Rock Bible Church in Great Falls. This service will be broadcast online at www.srbcgf.org.

Lee Gilliland, 38, of Springfield, Ore., went to heaven and met his Savior Saturday, May 19, 2012, after tremendous effort was made by several courageous people to resuscitate him following an unexpected coronary event. Lee was born in Great Falls on Sept. 4, 1973, and was raised with a love for his Lord, the great outdoors, hard work and anyone he came into contact with. After graduation from C.M. Russell High School, Lee honorably served four years in the U.S. Navy (U.S.S. Shiloh), where he explored the world and met the love of his life, Carrie Hancock, and on July 15, 1995, they married in Commerce, Calif. Soon after their union, Lee brought Carrie with him back home to Montana, where he worked hard and obtained both a bachelor's degree from the University of Great Falls and an MBA from the University of Montana. Lee was a loyal employee, as he worked for several organizations in Great Falls and then recently moved his family to join the great team at Harvest House Publishing in Eugene, Ore., this past fall. Lee never wavered in his devotion as a husband, father, son and brother and has left a legacy a love that will never be forgotten.

Lee is survived by his beautiful wife Carrie; loving children Paige (10) and Logan (7); parents Hubert and Kathy; younger brother Chad and his wife Andrea; niece Alayna (9) and nephew Peyton (7); and countless friends who admired him for the tremendous, authentic man that he was.

In lieu of flowers, Carrie and the family ask that gifts of memoriam be sent to Solid Rock Bible Church (Attn: Gilliland Family), where they will be collected for college savings funds for Lee's amazing young children.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 23, 2012