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April 16, 2014

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Dr. Richard 'Dick' Gillespie

Published: 01/06/2014

Dr. Richard 'Dick' Gillespie

Died: Jan. 3, 2013

Dr. Richard E. "Dick" Gillespie, 78, of Greeneville, passed away Friday at his home.

Dr. Gillespie was born and raised in California and was a graduate of Sacramento Senior High School.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., where he served on the ski patrol and played first-chair trumpet in the band before serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska.

He continued his education at the San Francisco Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, Calif., where he received his Ph.D. in Medieval History.

He was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany, where he remained for three years.

Dr. Gillespie served as a college chaplain for Hastings College, and as a college chaplain and professor at Carroll College in Nebraska.

He taught Church History at Duke University. He was also a professor at Tusculum College in Greeneville, where he served as Academic Dean.

After retirement, Dr. Gillespie started his own business, REG Associates.

He enjoyed swimming, snow skiing, and boating. He won the Senior Olympics in Tennessee for breast stroke and butterfly stroke in his age group and went on to finish 10th at the national level.

He was involved in Habitat for Humanity for many years.

He had a passion for social activism and a curiosity about the world. He felt that we all have a moral duty to be aware of injustice and empathy for other people, no matter where they are.

Survivors include his loving companion for 23 years: V. Louise Snyder; three daughters: Melinda Gillespie and Walt Manaker of Boulder, Colo., Jody and Todd Christiansen of Mesa, Ariz., and Becky Gillespie of Boulder; one son: Richard G. and Lolin Gillespie of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; stepdaughter: Jeanne and Ricky Rickerson of St. George Island, Fla.; nine grandchildren: Logan Manaker, Connor Manaker, Emily Christiansen, Austin Christiansen, Alejandro Gillespie, Sofia Gillespie, Weston Snyder, Madelyn Brown, and Riley Rickerson; and a sister: Dr. Daune Mahy of Oberlin, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Nadine and Adolf; stepfather: Charles; two brothers: David and Gordon; and a stepson: Benny Snyder.

The family will receive friends from 3-7 p.m. today at Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, downtown.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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