On Saturday, October 26, Charles A. Gilland, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away at the age of 86 in Colorado Springs.
A Colorado Springs native, Chuck was born on September 12, 1933, the eighth of nine children. Chuck was blessed to meet his true love, Janice J. Weiss, early in life, and the two married on his 19th birthday in 1952.
Soon after their wedding, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army, trained at Fort Ord in California before shipping out to serve in the Korean War. He was assigned to maintain the military vehicles. He rose quickly to the rank of Master Sergeant and was honorably discharged. Chuck had a knack for creative problem-solving and a keen attention to detail. Fixing or improving machines and systems of all types came naturally to him.
After completing his service duties, Chuck and Jan settled back in Colorado Springs, where their only child, Larry, was born.
Chuck attended both Blair Business College and El Paso Community College (now Pikes Peak Community College). He worked at Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill for 45, years beginning as a Printer Apprentice and ultimately working his way up to become the Director of Manufacturing.
Once he retired, Chuck always found time to appreciate the Colorado outdoors, and he especially loved golfing and fishing. He and Jan enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going out to eat, and traveling. Over the course of their 67 year marriage, they saw much of the United States by car or cruise ship.
Chuck loved Jan deeply, and he always wanted to make sure she was taken care of. He was enduring in this devotion through the end, passing away only 48 days after her death.
Chuck was resilient and steadfast all his life, fighting through colon cancer, bladder cancer, and COPD, but he was never without a quick joke, a warm handshake, or a genuine offer to help you in any way he could.
He will be remembered always for his bright sense of humor, his love of life, and the kindness he unfailingly showed his family, friends, and neighbors.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; his parents, James Robert Gilland and Marie Gilland (Belt); his brothers, Gene, Bobby, and Jay; and his sister, Marcella. He is survived by his son, Larry (wife, Mary); his granddaughter, Heather (husband, Jason); and his sisters Ivy, Rosie, Elly, and Carolyn.
A celebration of life service will be held to honor both Chuck and Jan at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to First United Methodist Church or Pikes Peak Hospice.
The obituary for Janice Gilland can be found here: https://www.shrineofremembrance.com/janice-joan-gilland-september-8-2019/