Ines Gillespie, 89

Ines M. Gillespie, 89, of Wabash, died at 6:20 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Parkview Wabash Hospital. 

She was born Feb. 3, 1928, in Garrett, to Forace Mahlon and Jennie (March) Brewer.

Ines was a 1946 graduate of Bluffton High School in Bluffton.  She married Robert E. Gillespie in Bluffton on April 30, 1950.  She was a retired lab and X-ray technician, working at both the Wabash County Hospital and the Ash Street Clinic.  Ines was a 45-year member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, and a current member of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, where she was a member and past president of the United Methodist Women, and served on several committees.  Ines was the recipient of the Outstanding United Methodist Women pin.  She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Wabash Order of the Eastern Star, was a former Deputy of the District 18 Indiana Grand Chapter. 

She was the past president of the American Heart Association, and worked several Red Cross blood drives.  Ines enjoyed baking birthday cakes and birthday pies, and also sold Rada Knives to support church missions.  She was active in the Silver Sneakers Exercise Program at the YMCA for nine years.  She registered guests at the Client Appreciation Dinner for the Rensselaer Swine Services for 25 years.  Ines was always there for her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Gillespie of Wabash; three sons, Dr. Ron (Grace) Gillespie of West Lafayette, Dr. Tom (Denise) Gillespie of Rensselaer, and Phil (Cheryl) Gillespie of Fort Wayne; eight grandchildren, Chris (Anne) Gillespie of Dyer, Amanda Goodspeed of West Lafayette, Rebecca (Chris) Rowan of Rossville, Indiana, Kevin (Bonnie) Gillespie of Lafayette, Matt (Erin) Gillespie of McCordsville, Kendra (Curt) Pogue of Morocco, Rachel Parteko of Ossian, and Andy Gillespie of Fort Wayne; 21 great-grandchildren; sister, Lorene Oswalt of Maryville, Tenn.; brother, Max  Brewer of Denton, Texas; in-laws, Joan Brewer of Fort Wayne, Rosie Brewer of Muncie, and Charles Holmes of Fort Wayne. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and nine sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Saturday, March 11, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, 110 N. Cass Street, Wabash, with Pastors Kurt Freeman and John Cook officiating.  Burial will be in Matlock Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 2-7:30 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.  There will be an Eastern Star Service at the funeral home Friday at 7:30 pm.

Preferred memorial is First United Methodist Church or the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for Ines may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Mar 08