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Rollin Gilliland


Rollin R. Gilliland, 72, Oklahoma City, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 14, 2013. He was born Feb. 14, 1941, to Lawrence R. and Helen Moore Gilliland in Lone Elm.
He graduated from Kincaid High School, completed an associates degree at Iola Community College, Iola, and later earned a bachelor of arts degree from Bethany Nazarene College (SNU) Bethany, Okla. in 1963. 
He enjoyed a long career at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe as the campus locksmith, retiring in 2002. Rollin was best known as the greatest safe technician in the country and a highly respected mentor and instructor in the field. He had a wide variety of interests: flying, sky-diving, scuba-diving and restoring military jeeps. He was a long time member of the Missouri-Kansas Locksmith Association and SAVTA (Safe & Vault Technicians Association).
Moving to OKC in 2010, he became a member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of almost 50 years, Margaret Gilliland; sister, Juanita Williams (Harold) of Le Roy; nephews, Michael and Danny Williams of Mineral, Va.; and a special niece, Jessica Blackmon of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He leaves behind a host of special relatives and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Bethany, Okla. Memorials may be made to MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, and Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla. for student scholarships as well as the Parkinson’s Association of Oklahoma. To share a memory or condolence, visit


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