Cletis L Gillespie, Jr.

January 12, 1938 ~ December 9, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Cletis Gillespie, Jr. Obituary

Cletis L Gillespie, Jr., a compassionate soul and dedicated family man, gently passed away on the 9th of December, 2023. Born in the quaint town of Gaston, Indiana on January 12, 1938, Cletis was a man of faith, love, and unwavering dedication. His adventurous spirit was manifested in his deep love for aviation, a hobby that brought joy and excitement to his life. A lifelong farmer, Cletis was as hardworking as he was loving, tirelessly toiling on his farm in Parker City from 1962 until his retirement in 1998.

Cletis was also an accomplished Production Manager at Indiana Steel & Wire until his retirement in 1996. Through his work, he exhibited his dedication and commitment, qualities that resonated with everyone he met. A man of faith, he found solace and strength in the Pleasant Hill United Brethren Church since 1988. His faith was the cornerstone of his life, shaping his actions and guiding his journey. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," Joshua 24:15, was a verse that Cletis lived by, his life a testament to his unwavering faith.

More than anything, Cletis was a family man. Married to his loving wife, Judith, on January 21, 1956, Cletis was a devoted husband, a loving father, a a proud grandfather and great grandfather. His love for his family was a beacon that illuminated his life, guiding him through every challenge and every joyous moment.

Cletis is survived by his beloved wife Judith, sons Ray (Terry), Brian, Jerry (Jennifer), seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and one great grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cletis and Hazel Gillespie, and his brother Larry.

A celebration of Cletis's life will be held at Wilson-Shook Funeral Homes and Cremation Center (Thornburg Memorial Chapel), 2048 North 1000 West, Parker City, Indiana, 47368, on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at 1:00 pm EST. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the same venue earlier that day at 11:00 am EST.

We encourage all who knew and loved Cletis to share their memories, stories, and photographs on his memorial page at It is in sharing these precious moments that we keep his adventurous spirit, compassionate heart, and loving memory alive.

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December 13, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wilson-Shook Funeral and Cremation Center
2048 N. 1000 W.
Parker City, IN 47368

Celebration of Life
December 13, 2023

1:00 PM
Wilson-Shook Funeral and Cremation Center
2048 N. 1000 W.
Parker City, IN 47368


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