William L. "Bill" Gillespie, 78, of 824 JoJo Road, Kane, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, July 8, 2012 in the Emergency Room of the Kane Community Hospital.
Born June 15, 1934 in Coontown, he was the son of Frank A. and Reba A. Griffin Gillespie. On October 27, 1962 in New Bethlehem, he married Helen "Bonnie" Minich, who survives.
Mr. Gillespie had been an oil field worker in the area, then worked for James Cowan Excavating in Kane. Later, he worked for National Fuel in Lamont, retiring in 1992.
He was active in the Highlander Christian Camp near Kane for many years.
Bill loved life. He enjoyed kidding and talking to people; work gave him great pleasure and he was a great storyteller. He always wanted to write some of his and Ray Koza's coon hunting stories but he never did.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four sons, James (Bonnie) Gillespie of Wichita Falls, Texas, John (Kathi) Gillespie of Russell, Brent Gillespie and Lowell (Sherry) Gillespie, both of Kane; two brothers, Dan Gillespie of James City and Maurice Gillespie of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a sister, Kay Chirillo of Naples, Fla. Seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by a son Philip Gillespie; his first wife Emma Jane Carlson Gillespie; and sisters Bernetta Morris and Barbara Simon.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Wednesday at the Ronald McDonald II Funeral Home, Inc. in Kane, and may attend a service at the funeral home at 11:00 on Thursday with the Rev. Milton L. Jones, pastor of the Kane Free Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Kane.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kane Free Methodist Church of to the Highlander Christian Camp, both c/o 13 Hemlock Ave., Kane, PA 16735.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.ronaldmcdonaldfuneralhome.com