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Jean Marie Gillespie

January 5, 1935September 8, 2020
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Jean Marie (nee Reichter) Gillespie was born on January 5, 1935 in Wright County, Iowa and passed away September 8, 2020 in Fayetteville, Georgia after a long, hard fought battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She lived a full life, rich in travel and family. She was 85 years old.

Jean was the daughter of Marvyl (Harvey) and Verven Reichter who raised four children on their farm in Goldfield, Iowa. She graduated from Goldfield High School in 1952 and then attended Tobins Business College from which she graduated in 1954.

Jean was united in marriage to Kenneth Roy Gillespie on December 26, 1954. While she attended college, Kenneth was beginning a career in the Air Force. Their life together in the military would take them all over the world. They lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Clark Air Force Base, Philippines; San Antonio, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Camp Darby, Livorno, Italy; retiring from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas in 1978.

Following military retirement, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Where Jean quickly became involved in the local community as she had done throughout her life. Jean played piano for church choirs and congregations in many of the places that they lived. While in Italy, the high school jazz assemble needed a saxophone player, so she stepped in. In Denver, Jean volunteered at a thrift shop for the needy. Her enduring passion, though, was church missions, in which she was active her entire life. And once her children were raised, she used her business college skills as a bookkeeper for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, from which she retired in 1998.

As it is in life, in advanced age Ken and Jean moved to Fayetteville, Georgia in 2014 to be with their daughter’s family. And it is there, surrounded by her loving family, that she passed peacefully.

Survivors are her husband, Kenneth; son, Larry Gillespie and wife, Patricia of Oakland, California; daughter, Marla Macyszyn and husband, Mark of Fayetteville, Georgia; three grandchildren–Pearce Gillespie, Kelli Macyszyn, and Garrett Macyszyn; her siblings– Beryl and Arlo; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Marvin.

Because of the current situation, Jean’s life will be celebrated in Iowa at a date yet to be set.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Rodger Griffith

September 23, 2020

Many great memories of Jean and Kenny at GHS. Although Jean was six years ahead of me in school she was in my brother’s class and her brother Marvin was a good friend and Kenneth was a great band mate.

Daniel Robins

September 21, 2020

My condolences on the passing of Mrs. Gillespie. It was truly a privilege to assist in her care the past few years. I will be sure to keep the family in my prayers.

sandra browning

September 14, 2020

Ken and Marla and the family, my first memory of Jean at Englewood on our first day as Senior pastor and family. She took Geoff and did babysitting duties while James and I greeted everyone. And the memories continue.

A true servants heart with missions always on her mind. Prayers to you all and grateful for your faith to sustain you

Nancy Schwab

September 14, 2020

So sorry to hear about Jean, Dorothy & I give our condolences to Ken, Marla and family. We both shared lots of fun with Jean as a great neighbor, bunco games, and many other fun things. Will remember Jean the most as she was always chasing around the neighborhood looking for Garrett. Take care family, as Jean is now in heaven.

Nancy Schwab, Dorothy Berhow

Lee Stephens

September 12, 2020

Ken, Larry and Marla -- Jean was one of the best. Great memories come quickly as I think back over the years. I am sorry for your loss and grateful for the memories and faith that will sustain you.
Lynda and Lee Stephens

Karen Cowan

September 12, 2020

I will always remember Jean at Englewood. She was involved in many activities through the years. We served on the Ministries Committee together and always loved her company.

My prayers are with all of you at this time of loss. I know Jean was suffering for many years with her lung issues. I am so glad she was able to spend the last several years with Marla, Mark, Kelli, and Garrett, along with Ken. She loved her family and everyone knew how proud she was of all of them.

In Sympathy,
Karen Cowan

JW Wallis

September 12, 2020

Serving our Lord through The Pinecrest Church with Jean and Ken has been a joy-filled journey. Jean was our conscience for Missions. She not only called our attention to mission needs she also was our call to action.

Because Jean was so well respected, her call to action resulted in a great response from our congregation. She advocated for those that Jesus instructed us to care for. She lived out the call of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 "I was an hungry and ye gave me meat........"

Our love and prayers for Ken and their family, JW and Willene Wallis

Jerry/Marc bramblett

September 11, 2020

We are saying goodbye to a world class lady. Jean Gillespie's travels with Ken and life lived in many places around the globe sparked many exciting stories. Jean lived life to the fullest being a good friend, neighbor, wife, mom and devoted Christian while dealing with painful physical ills. From the time Jean and Ken arrived in GA they were devoted members of The Pinecrest Church. Jean's emphasis was on missions around the world. To the family, Jean's children and grandchildren, we express sympathy and thank you for your loving care of Jean. We are uplifted and blessed because of having known Jean Gillespie. With love, Marc and Jerry Bramblett

John Forman

September 10, 2020

It was a pleasure knowing Jean at Pinecrest.


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