J. Robert Gillespie died Tuesday, May 26, 1998 at the home of his daughter, Mary Taylor, in Provo, Utah.
He was born March 9, 1916 in Provo to Sharp C. Gillespie and Eva Petrea Giles Gillespie. He was educated at Mountain Elementary School and Lincoln High where he was active in athletics. Graduated from BYU June 4, 1941 - the same day he married Wilma Wiscombe in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of eight children.Bob served an LDS mission in West Germany 1937-1939. He was a counselor in two bishoprics, a high counselor, scout master, youth teacher, gospel doctrine teacher, and High Priest's group leader for many years as well as an ordinance worker in the Provo temple for 13 years.
A large part of Bob's life was spent giving community service. As a member of Edgemont Lion's Club, he helped build the Lion's Park in Edgemont. He served as president of Timpanogos Canal Company. A member of SCERA board for 27 years, he also served as president. He coached Little League Baseball for 17 years and took an active interest in the playing and coaching careers of his sons.
He was raised on a fruit farm and raised fruit all his life; also raised cattle and poultry at times. Taught school in Duchesne County and was Principal of Altamont and Roosevelt High Schools. Taught in Army Specialized Training Program at Michigan College of Mining and Technology at Houghton, Michigan for one year.
For more than 30 years he was in the engineering department at Geneva Works of U.S. Steel; involved in fuels and utilities, and doing much research in air and water pollution control.
Our dad and grandfather was a kind and generous man who taught service by his example. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and always loved, encouraged, supported, and admired them. In his final illness he exemplified patience in suffering and peacefulness in tribulation.
Bob is survived by his eight children and their spouses, Petrea and Brian Kelly of Highland; Robert and Janice Gillespie of Lehi; Paul and JoAnn Gillespie, Mary and Jerry Taylor, William "Bus" and Susan Gillespie, all of Provo; Richard and Patti Gillespie of Decatur, Texas; John and Dorothy Gillespie of Orem; and Jeff and Laura Gillespie of Vineyard; 52 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Reed Gillespie; and a sister, Mary (Spencer) Hunn, both of Orem. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, his parents, a brother, Wilford, and sisters, Petrea and Jean.
The family is grateful to the aides and nurses of Horizon Health Care, especially, Karen Spear, whose assistance made it possible for us to keep dad in our homes and care for him.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 29, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Edgemont 7th Ward, 555 E. 3230 No., Provo. Friends may call at Berg mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center Street, from 6-8 Thursday, May 28, or from 10-10:45 Friday at the church. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.
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