USA: Iowa Deaths


Adeline Gillespie July 1, 1822 – Jan 15, 1855  Burial Oakland Cemetery, Delaware County, Iowa

 Adaline Gillespie July 1, 1822 – Jan 15, 1875 Oakland Cemtery, Delaware Co, Iowa

Adaline Marie Gillespie 1847 1935 Burial Blanchard Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

Addie B Gillespie burial Newton Union Cemetery, Jasper Co, Iowa. See Forrest Gillespie

Alethea Gillespie July 4, 1828 – Feb 19, 1913. Burial Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Angeline Gillespie burial Cass Township Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa

Anna M Gillespie 1878 – 1953 . John Gillespie 1874 – 1953. Burial Friends (Oskaloosa) Cemetery, Mahaska County, Iowa

Annah Gillespie 1885 – 1931 Blanchard Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

Anna P Gillespie August 22, 1846 – Sept 22, 1898 Violet Hill Cemetery, Dallas Co, Iowa

Anne Gillespie died May 25, 1903 age 78 years. Wife of Anthony Gillespie. Mount Olive Cemetery, Dubuque Co, Iowa

Archie R Gillespie (Sr) 1906 – 1969  Fairview (Waterloo) Cemetery, Black Hawk County, Iowa


Berniece L Gillespie (nee Benson) 1924 – 2005. Her husband Robert W Gillespie 1915 – 1979 Oaklawn Cemetery, Howard Co, Iowa

Bessie Ellen Gillespie  b Oct 14, 1895 Winterset, IA. d April 5, 1972 Winterset, IA. w/o Raymond Robert Gillespie m June 28, 1922 Winterset, IA. d/o James Wallace & Clara Eunice Sawhill.

Betty M. Gillespie, 87, of Silvis passed away Aug. 11, 2018, at her home. Born Sept 2, 1930. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Betty was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Renwick, Iowa, to Carl and Frances Kelling. She married James Gillespie on April 14, 1951. She worked as a housekeeper, babysitter, home health aide and a writer.

Survivors include children, Colleen, David (Brenda), Debra and Juli (Steve); grandchildren, Justin and Daniel (Eryn); great-grandchildren, Elijah and Lillian; sisters, Faith (Glenn) and Bonnie (David).

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, James.

Burke M Gillespie Jan 7, 1917 – Jan 2, 2000. Marjorie W Gillespie March 7, 1917 – Feb 5, 2000 Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pottawattamie County, Iowa


Carl M Gillespie 1888 – 1976 . Jennie E 1889 – 1948 Oakland Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa

Cecil Charlie Gillespie b Feb 29, 1888 Madison Co, IA. d Oct 17, 1918 Camp Dodge, IA. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa

Cecil Elmer Gillespie b June 16, 1923. d July 21, 2010 Winterset, Iowa. h/o Shirley Jean (Souter) Gillespie. m June 29, 1959 Des Moines, Iowa.  S/o Raymond R &  Bessie E (Sawhill) Gillespie. Farmer. Raised Angus Cattle

Charles Gillespie, Iowa
Charles Gillespie, Iowa

Charles Gillespie, January 21, 1935  –  December 21, 2017. Our dad, Charles A. Gillespie, of Exline, Iowa, and formerly of Davenport, Iowa, went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017. He was 82 years young. He went to be with our mom, Patricia Gillespie, who passed 14 years ago. He sure missed her. They were married for 48 years and blessed with 7 children. Chuck was born January 21, 1935, in Trenton, Tennessee to Roger and Opal Gillespie, their only child. Yeah, he loved fried food and biscuits and gravy, a good western movie… and his kids. He worked a lot of jobs over the years to take care of this brood, from Oscar Meyer to WG Block to Farm House Foods, managing a skating rink in Promise City and finally, Consolidated Freightways, where he retired as a truck driver.  He drove over 1 million miles, No accidents. That’s something to be proud of. Our dad was an honest man and a hard worker. And REALLY funny. He didn’t try to be funny, he just was.

Dad was a Navy veteran and served proudly in the Korean War, where he also did a bit of boxing. He said he used to eat fish eyes when he was in Korea. Must have had gravy on them. Chuck is survived by his 7 children: Chris (Edna) Gillespie, Exline, Iowa, Kim (Linda) Gillespie, Davenport, Iowa, Charles Keith (Diana) Gillespie, Exline, Iowa, Penny Sorenson, Kansas City, Missouri, Ricky (Rhonda) Gillespie, Davenport, Iowa, Holli (Kenny) Long, Milan, Illinois, and Phillip Gillespie, Kansas City, Missouri, as well as 20 grandchildren and 32 Great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, his mother and father, his step mother and 2 grandsons. Funeral services was held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Thomas Funeral Home, Centerville, Iowa. Interment will immediately follow at Exline Cemetary.

Charles Clinton Gillespie b Sept 21, 1865 Carrollilton, ILLINOIS. Death Jan 1, 1926 Winterset, Iowa. h/o Rose Bell (Green) Gillespie. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa

Charles Daniel Gillespie SR US NAVY Vietnam War May 26, 1943 – May 1, 2007. Memorial Park Cemetery, Muscatine Co, Iowa.

Charles Emerson Gillespie b Jan 23, 1905 d Oct 1965 Memorial Park Cemetery, Muscatine Co, Iowa. Helen Ann Pahl Gillespie 1915 – 1993

Charley Gillespie 1870 – 1946 Cass Twp Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa

Clarissa Gillespie 1840   – 1909 Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa.

Cynthia A Gillespie 18461931 Charlton Co, Lucas Co, Iowa. John Taylor 1849 – 1899 Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa


Dale L Gillespie Adan US Navy June 30, 1930 Des  Moines, Polk Co, Iowa – April 2, 2013 Iowa.  Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Dallas Co, Iowa

Daniel C Gillespie March 29, 1847 – April 26, 1926 Riverside Cemetery, Clay Co, Iowa “A Civil War soldier from Wisconsin” 

Della A Gillespie 1877 – 1949 Vernon Cemetery, Van Buren County, Iowa

Dilla M Gillespie 1878 – 1881 d/o Manes Gillespie & Dilla S Frey, Carroll City Cemetery, Carroll Co, Iowa. Mother Dilla S 1847 – 1912


Edith Gillespie b April 10, 1891 – March 20, 1992 Adair Co, Iowa. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa. w/o Raymond Robert Gillespie

Edwin A Gillespie 18411917 Cass Twp Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa

Edwin K Gillespie 1907 – 1965 Cass Twp Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa

Elfrieda L Gillespie Nov 12, 1918 – Oct 14, 2000. Cecil R Gillespie 1918 – 1991 Rose Hill Cemetery, Decatur Co, Iowa

Elizabeth Gillespie, (Delos Reyes) Gillespie, age 73, of O’Fallon, Ill., departed this life peacefully at her residence on January 8, 2023, and began her journey home to The Promised Land and to her Heavenly Father. “Ely,” as she was known to many, was born in the Philippines on October 8, 1949. She held a beautiful, faithful love for the Blessed Mother Mary and for her Catholic faith. She loved to pray the Rosary and spent much of her time praying for others.
Ely became well-travelled while serving many years as a proud, devoted military spouse. She traveled to numerous places near and abroad. Some of her favorites included McChord AFB, Wash.; Travis AFB, Calif.; Spain, Switzerland, and Germany, which she called “Home” for 14 years. Ely then moved to O’Fallon where she settled and made her home. Ely worked and volunteered in many different roles before her retirement. She took pride in working with Base Family Services, The American Red Cross, Scott AFB Chapel, and feeding US Army soldiers during Desert Storm while stationed in Germany. She often led children in Sunday School. Ely loved to cook and frequently made many of her native dishes to share generously with others. Ely served on many ministries at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, to include Hospitality, Altar Angels, Altar Sodality, Eucharistic Adoration Adorer, and most recently, she laundered and cared for the linens used at Mass – cleaning, ironing, and praying each one to perfection. She also volunteered at St. Clare School, the O’Fallon Food Pantry, and attended Bible studies at the Base Chapel. She had visited Israel and Guatemala with her Beloved Pastor Fa. Jim. Her humble heart, generous prayers, and loving spirit will be missed by many. Left to celebrate the life of Ely are the many friends she met along the way in life, as well as her St. Clare of Assisi Church family, and her St. Vincent de Paul family. Her sisters-in-Christ at the Poor Clare Monastery of our Lady of Mercy in Belleville will feel her absence, as she visited often to bring the altar linens to be cared for by them and generously shared her time and resources with them. Many who knew and loved Ely felt they were in the presence of an angel – her quiet and humble manner was a gift to all who took the time to get to know her. To those who wronged Ely in life, she leaves you Peace. Her St. Clare family will pray the Rosary for her at 10 am, Friday, January 13, 2023 at St. Clare of Assisi Church, 1411 Cross St., O’Fallon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Friday, at the church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding, and Rev. James Thomas concelebrating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill.

Elizabeth C (Grassman) Gillespie  b July 20, 1881 d Sept 14, 1968 w/o Thomas L Gillespie.  Calvary Cemetery, Warren Co, Iowa

Elizabeth J Gillespie  Fairview Cemetery, Benton Co, Iowa. Matthew Y Gillespie

Elizabeth S Gillespie, wife of Samuel Gillespie died Aug 26, 1873 age 64. Pee Dee Cemetery, Cedar Co, Iowa

Ella G Gillespie 1905 – 1987. Maurice K. Braddyville Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

Emily Gillespie,  Oakland Cemetery Delaware Co, Iowa

Emma Gillespie 1874 – 1950, wife of Richard Gillespie. Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Linn Co, Iowa


Faye Gillespie, Iowa
Faye Gillespie, Iowa

Faye Elizabeth Gillespie, 60, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, July 26, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital following a short illness. Services: 12 p.m. Thursday, Teahen Funeral Home by Penny Ackerman. Burial will be at a later date.  Friends may visit with the family on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Faye is survived by her husband of 24 years, Jeff; children, Eric Jeffries of Cedar Rapids, Jennifer Gillespie of Pella, Laura (Lance) Johnston and Brandy Gillespie both of Eddyville, and James (Kinzy) Gillespie of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; sister, Kala Hill of Ames; brothers, Joel (Colleen) Jeffries of Chicago and Lyle (Karla) Jeffries of Polk City; mother in law Pat Landt of Cedar Rapids, whom she shared a special bond with; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews  and her dogs, Polly and Peaches.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jason Jeffries and brother in law Kenton Hill.

Faye was born on October 31, 1960 in Madison, SD, daughter of Jack and Ruth (Conner) Jeffries.  She graduated in 1979 from Vinton High School and received a LPN degree from Kirkwood.  Faye worked as a nurse for the Views and West Ridge Care Center for several years.  On July 20, 1997 she married Jeffrey Gillespie in his mother’s back yard in Center Point.  Faye enjoyed walking her dogs, looking at Cavachon websites and playing slots on the computer.  She played pool and golf in her younger years and was given the nickname “Par” Faye.  She was a fan of the Chicago Bears and of Walter Peyton, and of NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace.  Faye loved being with her family and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Memorial service Thursday, July 29, 2021 noon, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Forrest Gillespie, Newton Union Cemetery, Jasper Co, Iowa – see also Addie B Gillespie, nee McMurray

Frances J Gillespie Sept 26, 1923 – Nov 13, 1998 Sloan Cemetery, Woodbury Co, Iowa

Francis E Gillespie US NAVY, World War II1923 – 1986

Francis J Gillespie CPL US Army, World War IIb March 20, 1905. d Feb 1975 s/o Thomas & Elizabeth C (Grassman) Gillespie

Frank C Gillespie b Aug 25, 1890 Madison Co, Iowa. d April 21, 1903 age 12 years. Kivett Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa. s/o George Washington & Mary Virginia (Gordon) Gillespie

Frederick M Gillespie 18411901 Nancy E Gillespie 1843 – 1923 Harlan Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa


Gaylord Guye Gillespie 1897 Madison Co, Iowa – 1918 Camp Dodge Pneumonia/Influenza. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa. S/o Robert A & Elvira M (Guye) Gillespie

George Arthur Gillespie 1881 – 1946 Greenfield, Iowa. s/o George Washington & Mary Virginia (Gordon) Gillespie. Kivett Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa

George Washington Gillespie b Jan 25, 1846 Blaire, OHIO. d Jan 7, 1917 Dalton, NEBRASKA  h/o Mary Virginia (Gordon ) Gillespie. Kivett Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa


Helen Gillespie Dec 21, 1914 – Feb 12, 1915  d/o Thomas & Elizabeth C (Grassman) Gillespie. Calvary  Cemetery, Warren Co, Iowa

Henry L F Gillespie 1863 – 1954 Oakland Cemetery, Delaware Co, Iowa


Jackie L Gillespie PFC USA 1949 – 2007 Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Dallas Co, Iowa

J W Gillespie 1850 – 1931 Braddyville Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

James Gillespie birth Dec 25, 1845“Born in SCOTLAND” d March 11, 1890 Friends (Oskaloosa) Cemetery, Mahaska Co, Iowa

James Gillespie died March 1, 1895, aged 44 years. Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque Co, Iowa

James Gillespie b 18361911 Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa

James A Gillespie 1888 – 1905 Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa

Jas B Gillespie Feb 25, 1848– March 19, 1902 Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa Wife Abigail D.

James M Gillespie April 17, 1810 – Aug 7, 1871 Durant Cemetery, Muscatine County, Iowa

James Mantel Gillespie , Bowling Green, Ohio b May 11, 1951. Died Dec 10, 2022. Passed away  in his home surrounded by his family. Jim was born to Ike and Shirley Gillespie in Bowling Green, Ohio. After graduating from Otsego High School in 1969, he went on to become an iron worker,  then later started his own painting and carpentry business, where he expressed his true passion.

In 1975, Jim met the love of his life, Gertrud, at taco night at Mad Anthony’s in Waterville, Ohio. Jim and Gertrud married in 1980 and had three children, Kate (Alex) Laverde, Zach, and Molly (John) Lashaway.

In 2009, Jim retired and moved to northern Michigan, where he enjoyed his time fishing, vacationing in Canada, gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor and endearing stubbornness. He also took pride in his yard and could be found mowing his lawn while enjoying an Old Mil. He loved spending time with his five grandchildren, Quinn, Sophie, Jude, Mateo, and Noah… sharing his favorite past times, wisdom, and love of sweets with them. Along with his wife, children and grandchildren, Jim is survived by his loving siblings, Bill (Galena) Gillespie, Jeannie (Don) Genson, and Anne (Dale) Limes, as well as an abundance of lifelong friends.

James Michael Gillespie b/d July 4, 1953 son of Leo & Jean Gillespie. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa

James Robert Gillespie b Dec 19, 1885 Summerfield, Marshall Co, KANSAS, Oct 13, 1955 Sharpsburg, Taylor Co, Iowa. S/o William Thomas Gillespie & Mary Isabelle Robison. h/o Rose Alice Kirkiindoll. Lenox East Fairview Cemetery, Taylor Co, Iowa

Jean M (Moss) Gillespie b 1921 San Francisco, CALIFORNIA. d 1912 Winterset, Iowa. w/o Thomas Leo Gillespie m Dec 29, 1945. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa

John Gillespie died April 16, 1884 age 74 years. Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa

John L Gillespie 1874 – 1953 Anna M. Friends (Oskaloosa) Cemetery, Mahaska Co, Iowa

John Taylor Gillespie 18451899. Cynthia A. Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa

Josie Gillespie Jan 22, 1893 – May 16, 1967 Cass Twp Cemetery, Shelby Co, Iowa

Julia Florence Gillespie b Aug 15, 1884 Adair Co, Iowa. d Nov 28,1925 Creston, Iowa. w/o George Arthur Gillespie. Kivett Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa.


Lafayette Gillespie Nov 27, 1824 -June 26, 1854 Oakland Cemetery, Delaware Co, Iowa

Landon T Gillespie, son of James M & Hannah T Gillespie born March 10, 1851 died Dec 13, 1866. Bethel-McGee Cemetery, Duburque Co, Iowa

Lester R Gillespie 1903 – 1982 Campbell (Berry) Cemetery, Linn Co, Iowa

Lottie G. GillespieLottie G Gillespie, Ashtabula, Ohio. Sept 3, 1931 – Dec 25, 2022. Passed away on Sunday,  at Ashtabula County Nursing Home. A resident of Ashtabula for most of her life, Lottie was born  in Greenbrier County, WV, a daughter of the late James Henry and Clyde (Sawyers) Huffman.

A dedicated homemaker, Lottie’s joy in life was her family. She enjoyed entertaining them when they would come visit. A great cook, Lottie is most famous for her chicken and dumplings, pinto beans and cornbread. A big fan of Elvis, she enjoyed listening to his music and collecting Elvis plates. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Robert (June) Gillespie of Ashtabula; grandchildren, Mark Knapp, Tina Knapp, Thomas Knapp; and great-grandchildren Cody, Zoie, Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reginald Gillespie; sons, Ernie and Dennis Knapp; brother, Pete Huffman; sisters, Evelyn Cole and Emma Gray Loudermilk; nephew, Jim Cole; niece, Martha Cole; and her parents. Funeral service was held at 2PM on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Greenlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, N. Kingsville, OH with burial followed.

Lyle Love  Gillespie, b March 12, 1912 Madison Co, Iowa. d Sept 1977 Greenfield, Iowa. TECS US ARMY, World War II. s/o George Arthur & Julia Florence (Reinmuth) Gillespie,  Kivett Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa


Manes Gillespie birth May 1839 CANADA. Died Dec 2, 1923 Glidden, Iowa. Carroll City Cemetery, Carroll County, Iowa. Son of Samuel Gillespie & Edna Kern. Married  Dilla Frey. Three children.

Margaret A Gillespie April 18, 1833 – May 11, 1913 wife of William J Doolittle, Oakland Cemetery, Delaware Co, Iowa

Martha E Gillespie May 10, 1952 – April 6, 1938 Albion Cemetery, Marshall Co, Iowa

Mary Elizabeth Gillespie b Feb 26, 1844 Marshall Co, ILLINOIS d Oct 23, 1893 near Clearfield, Taylor Co, Iowa. d/o Robert B Gillespie & Ann Trimble. Wife of Henry Calkin (Notes included with tombstone photo); Conway Cemetery, Taylor Co, Iowa

Mary Etta Gillespie 1868 – 1960 Oaklawn Cemetery, Howard County, Iowa

Mary Jane Gillespie b Dec 9, 1864 Carroll Co, ILLINOIS d July 15, 1936 Taylor Co, Iowa. Notes on tombstone page:  d/o Charles Gillespie & Margaret Palmer.  Wife of Nelson Rhoades.

Mary Myers Gillespie 1859 – 1939 Oakland Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa

Mary Ross Gillespie, M. D. July 18, 1894 – Jan 6, 1987 Lake Creek Cemetery, Calhoun County, Iowa.

Matthew Y Gillespie 18451928. Elizabeth J 1858 –  Fairview Cemetery, Benton Co, Iowa

Maurice K Gillespie 1900 – 1992  Ella G 1905 – 1987 Braddyville Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

Milton Gillespie 1843 1907 Resident Durant, Iowa. Enlisted Civil War age 19 in 1862. Civil War Soldier  East Lawn Cemetery, O’Brien County, Iowa


Newton T Gillespie 1904 – 1988 Vera M Gillespie 1909 – 1993 Charlton Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa


Sandra “Jean” Gillespie  February 18, 1948 – January 15, 2022
Troy, Illinois age 73, formerly of Maricopa, AZ, born on February 18, 1948, in Springfield, IL, died on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at her family residence. Sandy was a payroll accountant with ADP in Chandler, AZ, and previously with Harrah’s, AK-Chin Casino in Maricopa, AZ. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Creta, nee Miller Pike; and her brother, Doug Pike.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Lee Gillespie; her children, Deatra Thorp of Collinsville, IL, Roy (Claudia) Gillespie of Gilbert, AZ, Sherri (Jeffrey) Pruitt of Fairmont City, IL, Wendy (Eric) Danford of Carlyle, IL, Annie Pense of Troy, IL, and Walter (Alma) Gillespie of Collinsville, IL; 16 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL.
Funeral service Friday, January 21, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. at Kassly Mortuary, Ltd., Fairview Heights, IL Interment  in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Sarah S Gillespie b Oct 15, 1847 d June 7, 1908,  wife of Edward Beatty b March 16, 1835 d April 29,  1919  Bethel Cemetery, Lucas Co, Iowa

 Shari Ann Gillespie, 79, of Boone, formerly of Waterloo, died July 22 at The Bridges of Ankeny. She was born Dec. 18, 1938.

Survived by: two sisters, Jane (Dick) Sloan of Hiawatha and Kathy Timmer of Cedar Falls; a brother, Gordy (Lynda) Rogers of Ankeny; nieces and nephews, Mishelle (Jim) Panek, Jamie (Todd) Steichen, Tom (Amy) Sloan, Aaron (Brenda) Timmer, Chris Timmer, Wendy (Jake) Poling, Tim Rogers and Michael Rogers; and a special great-niece, Emily (Jason) South.

Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Augustana Lutheran Church, with burial at Linwood Park Cemetery, both in Boone. Visitation with family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home in Boone, IOWA.


Temperance Gillespie – see also Landon T Gillespie, Bethel McGee Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa

Thomas Gillespie, Iowa
Thomas Gillespie, Iowa

Thomas D Gillespie, Muscatine,  Iowa – Thomas D. Gillespie, 76, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at his home. All friends and relatives were invited to the funeral service that will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021, at The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Chaplin Scott Minteer will officiate. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

Thomas was born on September 29, 1944, in Muscatine, the son of Charles and Helen Pahl Gillespie. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War from 1964-1968. Thomas retired from the United States Post Office in 2012 after 28 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion. Thomas was also the treasurer for the National Letter Carrier Association.

He enjoyed happy hour, golfing, walking, and going to the YMCA. Thomas was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes, and the Green Bay Packers. He had a very quick wit, and no one was a stranger in Tom’s world.

Thomas is survived by his four children, Jean Heitmann and her husband, Lynn, of Illinois City, Illinois, June Jones of Davenport, Heather Walker and her significant other, Scott Neblung, of Davenport, and Gregory Gillespie and his wife, Kelly, of Muscatine; ten grandchildren, Jessica Reichert, April Kofoot, Jennifer Taylor, Sarah Lane, Jacob Walker, Thaddeus Walker, Matthew Morrison, Evan Gillespie, Josephine Gillespie, and Taylor Dowell; 12 great grandchildren; and his significant other, Janet Brauns of Muscatine.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Justine Freeborn; and daughter, Justine Freeborn; and one brother, Charles Gillespie.

Thomas L Gillespie b April 11,1871 d Dec 30, 1946, s/o James & Ann Gillespie.  Wife Elizabeth Grassman Gillespie  b July 20, 1881 d Sept 14, 1968 Calvary Cemetery, Warren Co, Iowa

Thomas Leo Gillespie b Nov 4, 1916 d June 12, 2000 Winterset, Iowa,  son of Thomas L & Elizabeth Gillespie. Husband of Jean (Moss) Gillespie US ARMY WORLD WAR II. Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa


William Gillespie 1817 – 1905 Braddyville Cemetery, Page Co, Iowa

William Gillespie d 1876  Platt Cemetery, Delaware Co, Iowa

William Donaldson Gillespie Jan 21, 1923 – Oct 5, 1985 Lenox East Fairview Cemetery, Taylor Co, Iowa


Zacharias Gillespie b Dec 4, 1848 d Dec 17, 1938 Fairview Cemetery, Benton Co, Iowa


Sarah Gillespie HUFTALENE  b July 7,1865  d Feb 11, 1955 Oakland Cemetery, Delaware Co, Iowa

Thelma Gillespie KRUMM 1906  – 1995 Marion Krumm 1899 – 1950 Westfield Cemetery, Poweshiek Co, Iowa

Anna REIDY, nee Gillespie, 1874-1965 St Jacob’s Cemetery,  Graettinger, Iowa.

Rose Ann “Mary” REIDY b May 14,  1918  d Feb 18, 1919, d/o Matthew Joseph Reidy & Anna Gillespie, St Jacob’s Cemetery, Graettinger, Iowa

Abigail Delcenia Gillespie TURBETT birth 1854 Wisconsin. Death 1927 Iowa. Burial Winterset Cemetery, Madison Co, Iowa. Wife of Richard Hodgson; wife of James B Gillespie Sept 13, 1883 Madison Co;  married George A Turbett March 15, 1905 Winterset, Iowa.

Record Count: 85

Sources: Newspaper obits; Iowa Genweb; Tribute Archives’ Washington Post, Funeral Home Obituraries