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The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Larry Earl Gillaspie

May 13, 1945January 10, 2020
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Larry Earl Gillaspie, 74, of Davenport, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00pm at New Life Baptist Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com.

Larry was born on May 13, 1945 in Davenport, to Russell and LaVerna (Skinner) Gillaspie. On July 26, 1968, he and Joann Cato were united in marriage in Rock Island.

Larry proudly served in the United States Marines from 1962-1966, with service in the Vietnam War. During his teen years he formed and played in a band called The Townsmen. His interest in music led him to record an album in Nashville TN, opening for major artists. He loved coaching baseball and teaching adult Sunday School both inside and outside the church. He loved the outdoors and was a Green Bay Packers fan. Larry was a family man who was involved in his kids and grandkids lives; especially taking family trips. One of his proudest accomplishments was forming and directing the New Life Christian Singers. Larry was a proud Davenport Police Officer for 29 years. Larry’s favorite past times were Saturday morning breakfasts with his boys. Larry will most be remembered for his sense of humor.

Those surviving to honor his memory include his wife; Joann, children; Kevin (Teresa) Gillaspie, Jason (Colleen) Gillaspie, brothers; Bob, Timmie, George and Jim Reaves, his sisters; Pauline Reaves and Sharon Deters, grandchildren; Alyssa Edwards, Megan, Collin, Justin, Matt and Greyson Gillaspie, and one great granddaughter; Renleigh Gillaspie.

Those who have proceeded him in death include his parents, sisters, Carolyn Gillaspie and Karen Fritz and a brother, Willie Reaves.

  • FAMILY

  • Russell Gillaspie, Father (deceased)
  • LaVerna (Skinner) Gillaspie, Mother (deceased)
  • Joann (Cato) Gillaspie, Wife
  • Kevin Gillaspie (Teresa), Son
  • Jason Gillaspie (Colleen), Son
  • Pauline Reaves, Sister
  • Sharon Deters, Sister
  • Bob Reaves, Brother
  • Timmie Reaves, Brother
  • George Reaves, Brother
  • Jim Reaves, Brother
  • Alyssa Edwards, Grandchild
  • Megan Gillaspie, Grandchild
  • Collin Gillaspie, Grandchild
  • Justin Gillaspie, Grandchild
  • Matt Gillaspie, Grandchild
  • Greyson Gillaspie, Grandchild
  • Renleigh Gillaspie, Great Granddaughter
  • Carolyn Gillaspie, Sister (deceased)
  • Karen Fritz, Sister (deceased)
  • Willie Reaves, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Collin Gillaspie, Pallbearer
  • Justin Gillaspie, Pallbearer
  • Paul Cato, Pallbearer
  • Larry Cato, Pallbearer
  • Garry Cato, Pallbearer
  • Denny Cato, Pallbearer
  • Matthew Gillaspie, Honorary Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • The Family

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Matthew Gillaspie

January 12, 2020

The best memory i have of my Grandfather, is his personal courage, he was always up to the challenge. No matter how hard it was, he battled whatever it was, and if he wasn't strong enough, he went to God for strength. Although it was rare he ever needed help, he was unbelievably strong. He was the strongest man in my life

Virginia Ewoldt

January 12, 2020

I remember Larry when I first attended Berean Baptist. He was a kind and jolly person. I was sad when he and Joann left Berean. I pray that the family finds consolation in the knowledge that they will see him again in heaven!

God bless you all!

Vicki Conner

January 11, 2020

Larry will be missed. Found it a pleasure to be associated with him through New Life Christian Singers. What a strong comitted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. Was a great example of leadership. Until we meet again my friend

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Biography

Larry Earl Gillaspie, 74, of Davenport, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 14 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00pm at New Life Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.rungemortuary.com. Larry was born on May 13, 1945 in Davenport, to Russell and LaVerna (Skinner) Gillaspie. On July 26, 1968, he and Joann Cato were married in Rock Island. Larry proudly served in the United States Marines from 1962-1966, with service in the Vietnam War. His interest in music led him to record an album in Nashville TN, opening for major artists. He loved coaching baseball and teaching adult Sunday School both inside and outside the church. He loved the outdoors and was a Green Bay Packers fan. Larry was a family man who was involved in his kids and grandkids lives; especially taking family trips. One of his proudest accomplishments was forming and directing the New Life Christian Singers. Larry was a proud Davenport Police Officer for 29 years. Larry’s favorite past times were Saturday morning breakfasts with his boys. Larry will most be remembered for his sense of humor. Those surviving to honor his memory include his wife; Joann, children; Kevin (Teresa) Gillaspie, Jason (Colleen) Gillaspie, brothers; Bob, Timmie, George and Jim Reaves, his sisters; Pauline Reaves and Sharon Deters, grandchildren; Alyssa Edwards, Megan, Collin, Justin, Matt and Greyson Gillaspie, and one great granddaughter; Renleigh Gillaspie. Those who have proceeded him in death include his parents, sisters, Carolyn Gillaspie and Karen Fritz and a brother, Willie Reaves.