Duane Leroy Gillespie 87, of Priest River, Idaho passed away Sept. 24, 2012.
Duane, born to Violet (Paxton) and Stanley E Gillespie May 20, 1925 in St Joseph, MO was the third of seven children.
In 1938 Stanley moved his family to California and later to Damascus, Ore., and started a small farm.
February 4,1944 Duane entered the US Army and fought for our country in the Western Pacific Theatre.
After his discharge in 1946 he went back to help on the family farm.
In June 1947 he married his best friend Joyce Simon in Vancouver, Wash. In 1948 he began his career with the Corps of Engineers at Bonneville Dam.
After three years of training as a Power House Operator he was transferred to the Albeni Falls Dam, retiring in 1981.
He and Joyce raised three children, David, Diane and Debra and was active in the community with the Masons, Lions Club and local VFW Chapter.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and metal detecting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Violet and nephew Eddie Gene Gillespie. He is survived by his wife Joyce of 65 years, his son David (Barbara), and his daughters Diane (Bill) and Debra. His four brothers, Edmon, Melvin, Stanley and Richard and two sisters Marion and Rosalie also survive him. Duane was the grandfather of nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 28, at the Sherman-Knapp Funeral in Priest River.
Donations in his name can be sent to Priest River Animal Rescue, PO Box 1626, Priest River, ID and The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter.
Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Priest River is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at sherman-knapp.com