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.