Mar 3, 2013 - StaffGordon L. Gillespie, father of Riverton residents Debra Fustos and Phyllis Zenk, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D. He was 86 years old.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish, S.D. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the funeral home with Pastor Scott McKirdy officiating.
Gordon Lea Gillespie was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Minneapolis, the son of George and Lydia Ruth Gillespie.
He grew up in the Tilford and Sturgis area as a child. The family moved to Spearfish, S.D., before his senior year. After graduating from Spearfish High School in 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years.
Upon returning to Spearfish, S.D., he worked for the Homestake Mining Company as a sawyer in the sawmill in Spearfish, S.D. After 33 years with Homestake, he continued his sawyer career at several local mills before retiring.
He married Allevia Louise Royer on Nov. 12, 1948, in Milesville, S.D. They had seven children. He was very proud of his family, and they spent 53 years in their home on Upper Valley Road.
His family said he will always be remembered as the loving dad and uncle who always joined in the softball games and water fights and rallied the kids to the gathering point with his famous whistle at the Gillespie family reunions.
He is survived by his wife, Allevia; sons Gerald Gillespie and his wife Mineko of Salina, Kan., Roger Gillespie and his wife Sandy of Whitewood, S.D., and Jason Gillespie and his wife Nicky of Gillette; daughters Debra Fustos of Riverton, Phyllis Zenk and her husband Terry of Riverton, and Barb Deibert and her husband Larry of Spearfish, S.D.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Gillespie and his wife Lotus of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Paul Gillespie and his wife Mary of Houston; and many nieces, nephews, two brothers-in-law and a sister-in- law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Keith; brothers Ed and John Gillespie; and sisters Pat Amsden and Leona Rasmussen.
Memorials may be given on Mr. Gillespie's behalf to the Spearfish Meals on Wheels program for the family has been grateful for this service over the past year.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com
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