Kenneth James Gilliland

76, of Indianapolis, passed away on June 9, 2017. He was born on September 17, 1940 to the late Perry and Dorothy Gilliland. Ken retired from Chrysler and was a Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

Ken is survived by his: daughter, Colleen K. Hahn of Indianapolis; brothers, Perry Dennis Gilliland of Tempe, AZ, Randy Gilliland of Ripley County, IN, Tracy Gilliland (wife, Shelly) of Warsaw, IN, Shawn Gilliland (wife, Margie) of Indianapolis, IN; and nephew, Doug Fillenwarth of Orlando, FL.

Preceding him in death: wife, Kathy J. Bowen, Dec 23, 2014, and sister, Barbara Gilliland Fillenwarth, May 28, 2003.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thurs, June 22, 2017 from 9am to 11am at Garden Walk Clubhouse, 5536 Greenway Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to: Home for Friendless Animals, 7649 Co Rd 200S, Waynetown, IN 47990.

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  1. I’m so glad that I got in contact with my uncle Ken a few years ago. I have some fond memories of him from when I was little. He and my cousin colleen were my inspiration to get into music when I was young. Lots of prayers to colleen and his friends. Rest In Peace uncle Ken.

  2. Ken and I were in the trumpet section together playing in the Jim Edison Big Band during the 60’s. Nice guy and good musician!

  3. I miss you Ken. Our beginning of playing bridge evolved over the years to a friendship that touched games, sports, and politics. You were one of the easiest partners to compete with and the atmosphere around the table was always friendly and humorous. To your credit the many friends and partners gained much from your personal hospitality. That hallmark will always remain the memory of your earthly presence. God Bless You. Rest in peace.

  4. It was a real privilege to play with Ken at the bridge table. He taught me a great deal. He was kind, confident, and very clever.

  5. Ken was a true gentleman and a wonderful bridge player. Always helpful and kind with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many. My heartfelt sympathy, caring thoughts and prayers to his family.
    Joan Flynn

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