Jay Forrest Gilliland

Jay Forrest Gilliland, 69, of Antioch, Il, passed away on May 15, 2015, at the V.A. Hospital in Milwaukee, Wi. Jay was born on August 3, 1945, in Chicago, Il to Fenton John , Eleanor Gilliland nee Johnson. Jay was an avid golfer, he was in a golf league for the past 40 years with his high school friends, after Jay retired as a car salesman he started building bird houses, Jay was also an avid photographer, and loved taking pictures of nature. Jay also had a love for computers. Survivors include Jays significant other Carol of over 15 years, his children Todd (Liz) Bristol, Wi, Nicole (Jerry)Curran Trevor, Wi, Paige (Pete)Houle Spring Grove, Il, his grandchildren Jay, Joey, Taylor, Amber, Grace, William, and by his sister Nancy(Tom)Pickens Pleasant Prairie, Wi, . Jay was preceded in death by his aforementioned parents. There will be a visitation for Jay on Thursday May 21, from 4 P.M. till 8 P.M. with a funeral service starting at 8 P.M. at the Strang Funeral Chapel 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, Il, 60030. in lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to the Transplant Support Group Of Northern Illinois. For more information please call (847)223-8122

10 Responses to Jay Forrest Gilliland

  • Jackson Family says:

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy. May all your good memories out weigh your sadness during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8)

  • Kim Bolinder says:

    I feel lucky to have known Jay. He and Carol were instrumental in the growth of Transplant Support Group of Northern Illinois. He was kind, generous and funny. We will miss him dearly.

  • Sheri Novak says:

    Carol and family,
    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Jay; I feel honored to have known him. He was a bright light and a positive soul who I will always fondly remember.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
    Please let me know if you need anything at all that.
    With Love,
    Sheri

  • Tommy Tucker says:

    Knew Jay for 50 years. We were Army buddies. Jay and I had many memories and many stories. He was loved by all his Army friends We will miss him at the next reunion. Some of us will cry!

    Tears are not to be despaired of , they are more eloquent than ten thousand words

  • Carter Schuld says:

    Enjoyed serving in the Army with Jay in Germany – his pleasant smile and personality is so memorable. Glad we were able to catch up in the past few years at our 2nd ACR reunions.
    RIP Jay.
    Sympathies to the family and Carol.

  • Barbara Iwanski says:

    My sympathy to Jay’s family, went to school with Jay and have fond memories, he will be missed by many..

  • Ken and Jo Anderson says:

    We were blessed to call Jay a friend. Our thoughts and prayers to Carol and his family

  • Tracy Benyak says:

    So sorry for your loss
    “May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

    traditional gaelic blessing

  • Lisa Campagnolo says:

    It was such a comforting way we met you. Jay’s sense of humor made many smile . May the memories shared with Jay live in your hearts forever.

    Lisa Campagnolo (Novak)

  • Ken Huyghe says:

    It was very sad to hear of Jays passing. Having served with him in Germany, I knew him as a kind & gentle soul. It was great to have the chance for Linda and I to rekindled our friendship through our reunions and to get to know Carol. May God give Carol and the family Peace during this time of sorrow.
    Ken & Linda Huyghe