Dennis F. Gillespie

Dennis F. Gillespie

May 30, 1943 – January 19, 2023

Dennis Floyd Gillespie passed away at home on January 19, 2023, at the age of 79.  He had spent the day with his wife and family.  He was working and taking care of responsibilities when Jesus called him home.  Dennis was born on May 30, 1943, in Red Oak, Iowa, to Floyd and Blanche Gillespie.  Growing up he enjoyed baseball, basketball, hunting, fishing, and farming.  He attended high school in Wales and Coburg, before graduating from Red Oak High School in 1961.  This year he was able to celebrate his 60th class reunion.  He proudly served in the Army after graduating from high school and was stationed at Fort Bragg.

In 1969 Dennis married the love of his life, Dianne Margaret Derry.  They moved to Omaha, Neb., and built a beautiful life together.  In 1974 they welcomed their son, Jeffrey Shannon, followed by their daughter, Jennifer Ann, in 1975.  Dennis worked at Skylark Meats in Omaha for 20 years, and was happy to spend his spare time supporting his kids at all of their sporting events.  On the weekends you could find him enjoying time at their place on Beaver Lake and then eventually at their lake home on Lewis and Clark Lake in northern Nebraska.

Over the years Dennis was involved in many business ventures including Pefferoni Pizza, Aksarben Hairstylists, and lots of real estate.  Dennis was a hard worker who was always on the go.  He did not shy away from hard work.  Dennis loved all things sports, photography, sunsets, and Fox News.  But above all, he fiercely supported his wife, kids, and grandkids.

Dennis was preceded in death by his nephew, Glenn Bressler.  He is survived by his wife, Dianne (Derry) Gillespie; son, Jeffrey Shannon (wife Danica); daughter, Jennifer Ann; granddaughter, Avery; grandsons, Ethan and Bowen; brother, Gary; sisters, Joyce McKennon (husband Phil) and Judy Kay Meyer; and several nieces and nephews.

VISITATION for family and friends will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by eulogies at 11:30am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.



  • Shelly Zippi Werner Posted January 22, 2023 10:59 am

    Jen and family,

    My deepest condolences.

    Shelly Zippi Werner

  • Mary Schwartz Posted January 22, 2023 2:01 pm

    So sorry for the loss of Dennis. Prayers of comfort to Dianne, Jeffery, and Jennifer.

  • james Bulanda Posted January 22, 2023 10:54 pm

    Love u all praying

  • Jolene Crawford Posted January 23, 2023 2:12 pm

    So very sorry to hear this. Prayers to all the family. I am so blessed to have gotten to visit with him last September at the Coburg Historical Society meeting. It had been many, many years since we had seen each other. He was a great guy!

  • William & Winnie Champenoy Posted January 25, 2023 11:36 am

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have so many great memories of Denny & Dianne on Gladiator Soccer tournament trips. Denny was a great guy and even better dad.

  • Denise Styles Posted January 27, 2023 6:39 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the family

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