James Frank Gillespie, 86, died peacefully surrounded by his wife of 44 years, Joan, family, and friends on May 28, 2019. Jim was born on Aug. 26, 1932, in Minneapolis. He grew up in Hallock, Minn. After attending Hallock High School where he excelled at basketball, Jim went to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in accounting while working for Bishop’s downtown Cafeteria.
James was married to Margaret Renner for 17 years, divorcing in 1973. He married Joan Easterly in 1974.
He spent 33 years as comptroller of HR Green Engineering in Cedar Rapids, served on the Board of Directors of the Light Company Employees Credit Union for 5 years, then worked for the Rochester (Minnesota) American Red Cross part-time in semi-retirement.
He was a committed Christian man who loved God, family, and friends, cribbage, walleye fishing, sports (especially Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vikings football) and prime rib.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Alice Thompson and Harold Gillespie; sister, Pat Leer; and two stepdaughters, Leslie Rooney and Rebecca Shaw. He is survived by his brother, Ed Gillespie (Judy); daughters, Carol Holly (Tim) and Barb Eulberg (Greg); son, Dave Gillespie (Donna); stepdaughter, Lisa Trefz (Jim); and step sons-in-law, Mike Rooney and Ed Shaw (Claire); 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Salem Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Chaplain Linda Browne will officiate. Online condolences can be shared at www.salemfh.com.