1923-2012

Thadious LeRoy “Jim” Gillespie, 88, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today, Aug. 13, at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lake City with the Rev. Craig Zandi officiating and burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in Lake City.

Lampe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born in Anderson County, S.C., on Dec. 14, 1923.  In 1943 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and proudly served in World War II.

Married to Shirley Sorick of Missouri Valley, Iowa, he had three children.  Jim married Marylyn Wetter Wiederin on June 24, 1978, and they made their home in Denison until retirement and then moved to the Lake City area.

His varied career life included working for American Road Equipment Co. of Omaha, Neb., and he traveled all over the U.S. in his capacity of trouble-shooter for the fork-lift machine they built.  Jim also worked for the railroad, as a law-enforcement officer and ended his career life as a self-employed plumber in Denison.

After retirement and relocating to a farm west of Lake City, Jim and Marylyn enjoyed nearly 20 years of truck gardening and flea-market selling.  They moved to town in 2005, but Jim continued to garden into this season.  He loved gardening, fishing and hunting and most of all his extensive family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Marylyn of Lake City; daughter, Vicki (Richard) Fleming of Henderson, Iowa; son, Jimmy (Vickie) Gillespie of Harlan, Iowa; stepdaughters, Jolene (Joe) Steig of Lake City, Rita (John) Light of Rockwell City, Joyce Wiederin of Lake City; stepson, John (JoAnn) Wiederin of Lake City; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; sister, Lorine Rice of South Carolina; sisters-in-law, Sheila (Dennis) Moulds and Donetta Stewart, both of Auburn; several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren from a second marriage to Alice Jessen.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Linda Baker; granddaughter, Shellie Gillespie; three sisters; and five brothers.