- Local Guide
David Gillespie, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after an extended illness.
He was born in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Alexander P. and Vanda Von (Hoppe) Gillespie.
He relocated to Punxsutawney at a young age with his mother and sister, where he completed his secondary education.
After the death of his mother, Mr. Gillespie and his sister were raised by an aunt and uncle, the late Emma and Harry Gutelius.
Mr. Gillespie was a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the Army.
Nov. 5, 1966, he married the former JoAnn Phillips, who survives.
Mr. Gillespie retired from First Commonwealth Bank as a senior vice-president.
He was involved in many organizations, such as the executive board of Community Action; Ss. Cosmas & Damian Parish Finance Council; secretary-treasurer for United Commercial Travelers; a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank; a 4-H leader for Gateway 4-H Horse and Pony Club; and a member of Punxsy Saddle Club.
In addition to his beloved wife, surviving relatives by two daughters, Heather Gillespie of Punxsutawney, and Haley Hammond and husband Justin of Las Vegas; a sister, Linda Allison and husband Robert of Beaver, and her family, Rob and Miriam Allison, Shawn, Jessica and Lexi Allison.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an aunt and an uncle; and an infant sister, Lynn.
There will be no public viewing.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the time of a funeral service Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded.
Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Gillespieâ€™s memory to Bright Futures Farms Inc., 194 Ridgeview Road, Sarver, Pa., 16055 (an organization for abused/neglected horses); or Community Action Inc., 105 Grace Way, Punxsutawney, Pa. 15767.
Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.