In Memory . . .
Vern L. Gillespie, Jr. 6/13/1928 ~ 7/17/2008 Vern L. Gillespie, Jr. 80, passed away July 17, 2008 due to complications from Alzhiemers. He was born June 13, 1928 to Vern and Viola Gillespie. He graduated from West High in 1946. Served as a paratrooper in the US Army. He married Madeline Ellis on March 28, 1953. They just celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Vern worked for the Salt Lake City Fire Department, and retired as a Captain in 1983 after 31 years. He had many hobbies he enjoyed including fishing, golfing, working in his yard and traveling with family and friends - spending many summers in Flaming Gorge and winters in the desert and Mexico. He is survived by his wife, Madeline "Midge"; children, Pat Smith, Ken (Denise) Gillespie and Jan Mecham; eight grandchildren, Shelly, Chantele, Aspen (Jake), Mindy, Melanie, Travis (Alicia), Chad and Brady; 13 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Allison, Ashlee, Abbie, Adam, Jordan, Ty, Anthony, Stephen, Alexas, Cameron, Gage and Jace; one sister Barbara Horne; and many other family and friends. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Jeannine Burgon and granddaughter, April Gillespie. Funeral services will be held Mon., July 21, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. at the Rose Park 4th Ward, 760 N. 1200 W. (East Chapel), Salt Lake City, UT. A viewing will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Deseret Memorial Mortuary, 36 E. 700 S., Salt Lake City, UT and one hour prior to services at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.memorialutah.com
Published in the Salt Lake Tribune from 7/19/2008 - 7/20/2008