Robert “Bob” H. Gillespie, age 95, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018, in Westmoreland Hospital.
He was born on January 27, 1923, in Ellwood City, Pa., and was the son of the late Harlan J. and lnez (Walker) Gillespie. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Harlan and Lester Ray. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Lois (Walters) Gillespie, in 2011. Bob is survived by a son, the Reverend Wayne G. Gillespie; two daughters, Lorraine D. Fox and Lynn M. Bollinger, and his grandchildren, Matthew and Laura Detter.
Bob served for three years in the U.S. Army Air Force and was a veteran of World War II. He was a resident of Beaver Falls since his marriage in 1948 and graduated from Geneva College that same year. Bob joined the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel, retiring in 1982, and served as an engineer and consultant for Littell Steel. He was also a faithful member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Falls, Parian Lodge #662, the New Castle Consistory, and the Consistory Legion of Honor. He was a past President of the New Castle Cathedral Foundation Board and received the Consistory Meritorious Service Award (MSA). Bob was also a member of Syria Temple, where he served as a Potentate’s Aide, the Membership Deputy, an Ambassador, the Captain of the Arab Patrol and a member of the Board of Governors for the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children (Erie Unit). He was also a past President and Secretary/Treasurer of Beaver County Caravan #18 and a member of the Eureka Royal Arch Chapter #167. He was a past Thrice Illustrious Master of Beaver Valley Council #54; a Grand Captain of the Guard of the Royal and Select Master Masons of Pa.; a member of the Council of Anointed Kings of Pa., and a past Commander, Trustee and Treasurer of Beaver Valley Commandery #84. Bob was a member of the Order of the Silver Trowel, and was invited into the membership of the Antioch Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine and the Golden Triangle York Rite College #32.
Bob was a member of the Beaver County Retired Men, the AARP, and the General Anthony Wayne Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He also served for many years on both the White Township Municipal Authority and the White Township Planning and Zoning Authority.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services at 12 noon in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 117 Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Twp., gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com. A private interment will follow at the Grandview Cemetery in Beaver Falls, Pa.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Erie Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, c/o Syria Shrine, 1877 Shriner’s Way, Cheswick, PA 15024.