John Gillespie, 81

John A. Gillespie, 81, of rural Wabash, died at 12:15 pm, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at his home, after a short battle with brain cancer. 

He was born Aug. 5, 1935, in Wabash County, to Edwin B. and Bernice C. (Kiefaber) Gillespie.

John married Floranna I. Fogel at the Wabash Presbyterian Church on Nov. 27, 1960.  He was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army veteran.  John was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian Church.  He loved farming and being with his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Floranna Gillespie of Wabash; three children, Valerie L. (Paul) Finnell of Indianapolis, Jon E. (Jody) Gillespie of LaFontaine, and Jennifer J. (Jeff) Gabe of Indianapolis;  six grandchildren, Truman Finnell, Lucas Finnell, Channing Gabe and Dawson Gabe, all of Indianapolis, and Grant Gillespie and Holly Gillespie, both of LaFontaine; and his sister, Helen M. Draper of Logansport. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Kathryn Gaerte.

Funeral services will be 2:30 pm Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Brad Wright officiating.  Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville.  Friends may call 1:30 - 2:30 pm Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is the charity of the Donor's choice.

The memorial guest book for John may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Apr 25