August 26, 1932 - May 28, 2019 James Frank Gillespie, 86, died peacefully surrounded by his wife of 44 years Joan, family, and friends on May 28, 2019. Jim was born on August 26, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Hallock, Minnesota. After attending Hallock High School where he excelled at basketball, Jim went to Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in accounting while working for Bishop's downtown Cafeteria. He was married to Margaret Renner for 17 years, divorcing in 1973. He married Joan Easterly in 1974. He spent 33 years as comptroller of HR Green Engineering in Cedar Rapids, served on the Board of Directors of the Light Company Employees Credit Union for 5 years, then worked for the Rochester (Minnesota) American Red Cross part-time in semi-retirement. He was a committed Christian man who loved God, family, and friends, cribbage, walleye fishing, sports (especially Minnesota Twins baseball and Minnesota Vikings football) and prime rib. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Alice Thompson and Harold Gillespie, sister Pat Leer, and two step daughters, Leslie Rooney and Rebecca Shaw. He is survived by his brother Ed Gillespie (Judy), daughters Carol Holly (Tim) and Barb Eulberg (Greg), son Dave Gillespie (Donna), step daughter Lisa Trefz (Jim), and step sons-in-law Mike Rooney and Ed Shaw (Claire), 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank caregivers Tarshia and Letisa Woodberry, Frieda Graham, Evette Gwyn, Russ Newland, Crystal Ruiz, as well as Constance Creasman and the staff of Salemtowne, Dr. Franklin Watkins and Casey Johanson of Wake Forest Baptist Health Geriatrics, Griswold Home Care and Trellis Supportive Care. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00am at Salem Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. Chaplain Linda Browne will be officiating. Online condolences can be shared at www.salemfh.com. Salem Funeral Home 2951 Reynolda Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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