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In Memory of

Kenneth Lee Gillespie

June 28, 1945 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


Kenneth Lee Gillespie, 71, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017 of complications from a stroke. He served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1971, receiving an honorable discharge. Kenneth's commendations included the following: The National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, two Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal. Kenneth was an elementary school teacher for thirty-five years with most of his career spent in service to the Memphis City Schools. He enjoyed playing basketball and fishing. The joy of his life was his wife, Sharon, their children and grandchildren.

Kenneth Lee Gillespie, 71, died on Thursday, May 11, 2017 of complications from a stroke. He served in the Vietnam War from 1969-1971, receiving an honorable discharge. Kenneth's commendations included the following: The National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, two Overseas Bars and the Army Commendation Medal. Kenneth was an elementary school teacher for thirty-five years with most of his career spent in service to the Memphis City Schools. He enjoyed playing basketball and fishing. The joy of his life was his wife, Sharon, their children and grandchildren.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Sharon Gillespie, his parents, Reverend Dr. F.W. Gillespie and Mrs. Frances Gilligan Gillespie and his brother-in-law, Mr. Robert Anders. He is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Rachel Moore (Tim), Mrs. Sarah Orellana (Scott) and his four grandchildren, Seth Moore, Breanna Moore, Jacob Orellana and Ava Orellana. He is survived additionally by his sister, Mrs. Jackie Anders, his niece, Reverend Rhonda Gilligan-Gillespie and his nephew Mr. William Anders (Jennifer).

A visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home Tuesday, May 16 from 10:00 AM to 11:00AM with the service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to America's VetDogs, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, New York 11787 or 866-838-3647.