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Gary M. Gilliland, 54, Independence, MO formally of Raytown, MO passed away September 22, 2009 at Centerpoint Medical Center. Memorial services will be held 11 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO. Visitation will be held 10-11 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2009 prior to the memorial services. Military graveside services will be held 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Sumner Cemetery, Sumner, KS. Gary was born March 11, 1955 in Atchison, KS. He was a US Navy Veteran. After 30 years of firefighting, Gary retired in 2008 from the Raytown Fire Department with 20 years of service and ten years previous at the Atchison Fire Department. Gary achieved the rank of Captain while working for the Raytown Fire Department. He was a member of The River Christian Fellowship in Raytown, MO. He is survived by: daughters, Cynthia, Janthina, Samantha; brothers, Robert, Tom, Tim; and grandchildren, Taylor and Aurora.