Sad News, local safe technician / safe manipulation specialist Rollin Gilliland passed away on June 14th. Although he is not a household name, Rollin was a titan of the safe manipulation field and a dear friend to the staff here at McGuire Lock & Safe and many other members of our local locksmith association (MKLA). After servicing the Kansas City area for decades he has since moved to Oklahoma due to his declining health. Here is an article written by The Oklahoman on June 17th about Rollin.
Feb 14, 1941 – June 14, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Rollin R. Gilliland, 72, of Oklahoma City, went to be with his Lord on June 14, 2013. He was born on Feb. 14, 1941, to Lawrence R. & Helen Moore Gilliland in Lone Elm, Kansas. He graduated from Kincaid High School in Kansas, completed an Associate’s degree at Iola Community College in Iola, KS and later earned a BA degree from Bethany Nazarene College (SNU) Bethany, OK, in 1963. He enjoyed a long career at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS as the campus locksmith, retiring in 2002. Rollin is 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, skydiving, scuba diving and restoring military Jeeps. He was a longtime member of the Missouri-Kansas Locksmith Association and SAVTA (Safe & Vault Technicians Association). Moving to OKC in 2010, he was 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 Leroy, KS; nephews, Michael and Danny Williams, of Mineral, VA; and a special niece, Jessica Blackmon, of Idaho Falls, ID. He leaves behind a host of special relatives and friends. Services will be Wednesday, June 19, 10 a.m. at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 18, 6-8 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Service. Memorials can be made to the MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, and Southern Nazarene University, Bethany OK for student scholarships; as well as the Parkinson’s Association of Oklahoma.