Robert James Gillespie, 71, of Roanoke passed though physical death to be renewed in eternity on Thursday October 22, 2020 at his home. Robert was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 27, 1949, a son of Ruth (Wrangham) and George R. Gillespie. His parents, three brothers, David, George and Ronald and one sister, Ruth Ann preceded him in death. Robert was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who worked at General Motors for 45 years before retiring in 2013. He served four years in the United States Air Force as an electronic technician who worked on ground radar from 1968-1972. Robert attended college at The University of Wisconsin at the Whitewater campus where he met and bedazzled his wife with his laid back, flexible personality. He was an exceptional renovator who remodeled several homes before building his home in Roanoke.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy A. Gillespie of Roanoke; three sons David (Rachel), Brian (Yon Park) and Ross Gillespie (girlfriend Sarah Baker); four grandchildren, Samuel, Melissa (Anthony), Sydney and Gemma Gillespie; five great grandchildren, Alina, Finley, Eloise, Aurora, and Henry; three sisters, Dolly (Lawrence) Siebert of Belvedere, Il, Jo Ann (Alfred) Garthwaite of Janesville, Wisconsin, April (Kenneth) Jensen of Racine, Wisconsin; two brothers, Daniel and Dennis Gillespie and a step brother, Daniel Wiedman all of Janesville, Wisconsin.
A memorial gathering will be held in the spring to celebrate Robert’s life.
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