Franklyn Gilliland Obituary

Franklyn W. Gilliland
Frank Gilliland
Franklyn W. Gilliland

June 4, 1921 - March 23, 2015
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Franklyn Wells Gilliland, 93, of Des Moines died Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Altoona, IA. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul of which he was a lifetime member. Burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery.

Frank was born on June 4, 1921 to the late Charles and Abbie (Wells) Gilliland and grew up in Des Moines where he graduated from North High School. He went on to earn his BS degree in Architectural Engineering from Iowa State before serving in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG during World War II.

Following his service, Frank and Ida Lorraine Higbee were married at St. John's by the Campus Church in Ames on July 19, 1947, and their family grew to be blessed by five daughters. They made their home in Des Moines where he established his business as a home builder.

Frank was a member of the Capitol Masonic Lodge No. 110, Des Moines Scottish Rite Bodies, Za Ga Zig Shrine, and the Eastern Star Chapter 89. He loved to sing and served as the president of the Shrine Chanters for many years. He was a recipient of the Grand Cross of Color Honored Degree from the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Throughout his life, Frank remained a loyal Iowa State alumnus and supporter of all Iowa State athletics.

Those left to cherish Frank's memory include his five daughters, Jeanne Andrews of Houston, TX, Marcia (Mel) Bancroft of Des Moines, Sandra (Nelson) Kraschel of Clear Lake, IA, Carole (Tom) Seibert of Marietta, GA, and Joanne (Tom) Dixon of Eagan, MN. His legacy continues through his 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren including: Angela Hild with her husband, Joey, and their three children; Michael Andrews; Matthew Andrews with his wife, Heather and his three sons; Mark Bancroft with his wife, Leah, and their two sons; Morgan Merical with her husband, Kyle, and their two sons; James Kraschel; Kate Kraschel; Elizabeth Kraschel; Christopher Seibert with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children; Nicholas Seibert with his wife, Rachelle, and their two sons; Samuel Seibert with his wife, Felicia; Emily Seibert; Joseph Seibert with his wife, Stephanie; Abbie Seibert; Jennifer Dixon; and Michael Dixon. He is also survived by his niece, Lee Heathorn and nephew, Bill Eckard.

Frank was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ida and sister, Betty Eckard.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Shriners Hospitals for Children 2025 East River Pkwy. Minneapolis, MN 55414.

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Cathedral Church of St. Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Saturday, March 28, 2015
11:00 AM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 PM