Harold R. Gillespie, beloved husband and father, lived a long and happy life. His youthful appearance and activity level belied his age of 83. A Henry County resident for most of his life, he and his wife had been enjoying retirement in recent years in both Greenfield, Indiana, and Homosassa Springs, Florida.
He passed away on May 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, including his wife, Virginia Dee (Davis) Gillespie, his two children, Christie L. Gillespie (Trent) and Joseph C. Gillespie (Naomi) and his brother Charles G. Gillespie (Alison).
Other survivors also include nephews Jeff Gillespie, Scott Crabtree, Jeff Hardin, Ronnie Hardin and three step-grandchildren.
Family was Harold’s top priority, and he and Dee had a marriage that was truly a wonderful 53-year life partnership. Be assured that no one doubted that Harold’s definition of family included the family pets, particularly his loyal dog, Dinkum, and rescued cat, Bub.
Harold was the ever-present, involved father to his daughter, Christie, and son, Joe. His sense of fairness and determination was passed to his daughter, and his steady and thoughtful resolve lives on in his son.
He was born on April 6, 1935 to the late Arthur Carlton Gillespie and Virginia Margaret (Gray) Gillespie. Harold graduated from Lewisville High School in 1953 and served in the Marines from 1953-1957, where he was honorably discharged.
He retired from Ford Motor Company, Indianapolis, IN in 1997 after 41 years of service and was a proud member of UAW Local 1111.
He was an active member of the Lewisville Lions Club and a founder of the Lewisville Little League, which is still a thriving part of the community today. When he wasn’t involved in a project, he enjoyed a round of golf.
Visitation will be from 3 pm – 7 pm on Friday, May 11 and funeral will be on Saturday, May 12 at 11 am at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home (Lewisville) with burial service following at Lewisville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a contribution in his honor to any of the following charities:
Augie’s Quest (ALS Research, Hancock County Humane Society, or Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky
Online condolences can be made at www.marshallanderleweinfuneralhome.com