Samuel L. Gillespie passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at his home.
He was born to the late Marshall Gillespie and Madaline and Walt Ivory.
After graduating from Caesar Rodney High School in 1957, Sam started work for the Coca Cola Co. After leaving there, he went to work for Carl King as a truck driver. He later went to work at General Foods, which later became Kraft Foods. He eventually retired from the Engineering Services section of Kraft after 34 years.
In his spare time, Sam enjoyed hunting, bowling, shooting sporting clays, and golf. In his younger years, he played fast pitch softball. He did enjoy coaching the Playtex Woman’s Softball team for many years. His favorite pastime was visiting the Harrington Slots, and keeping score with his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sam was very people oriented, and quite witty. He had countless friends and always had a way to make you smile. He will be remembered as a jokester, but also had a giving, generous, and compassionate heart. He would give you the shirt off of his back, and oftentimes help those in need anonymously, without recognition. He loved to keep in touch with his family and friends via the computer. He also loved taking his buddy Sassy on daily rides in his all terrain Workhorse. Above all, he loved and cared for his wife, Josephine, and loved "picking" on her.
He was preceded in death by hisbrother in law, Robert N. Mitchell. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Josephine M. Gillespie of Felton; mother-in-law, Mary Massey of Felton; brother, Joseph Gillespie of Mentor, Ohio; sisters, Sandra A. Mitchell of Greenwood and Alberta Scheutzow of Ohio; brother-in-laws and spouses, Richard McCloskey (Wanda), Ronald McCloskey (Patty), Robert McCloskey (Patty), and John McCloskey (Linda), all of Felton; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and numerous friends.
Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at the Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington. Visitation will be one hour prior. Family has requested that you please dress casual.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or to your favorite charity.
Arrangements are by the Melvin Funeral Home, visit our website at www.melvinfuneralhome.com for further information, leave a letter of condolence, or to send flowers.