Daniel Boyd Gillespie
Longtime Soldotna and Sterling resident Daniel Boyd Gillespie died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna with his family by his side. He was 62.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at the Soldotna Elks Lodge. A celebration of his life and memorial potluck will immediately follow. His ashes will be scattered at a later date.
Mr. Gillespie was born Feb. 27, 1944, in Hastings, Mich. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1962. Mr. Gillespie played the French horn and was a Michigan State wrestling champion. Having brought his family to Alaska in 1974, he went to work for Homer Electric Association in 1975 and retired in 2002 as a serviceman and an IBEW Local No. 1547 member.
“He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, who will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He hunted, fished, rode his Harley Davidson motorcycle, dabbled in model trains, rock polishing, loved to garden and had many exotic fish. He had a love for animals, especially for his Norwegian Fjord Horses. He loved tinkering on many different projects and spent much of his time at what was affectionately referred to as ‘The Property’ the Double G Ranch in Sterling. He was very proud of his involvement with the Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706. After serving in many capacities within the Soldotna Elks Lodge, he reached the honorable position of District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the West District for the state of Alaska Elks Association in 1993,” his family said.
Mr. Gillespie was preceded in death by his father, Clifton Gillespie; mother, Verland Hiltunen; and stepfather Ernie Hiltunen.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce Gillespie of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law, Suzette and Jerry Baty; daughter, Sonya Gillespie; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Jeremy Herr and grandson, Roman Herr, of Soldotna and Anchorage; brother, Richard Gillespie; sister and brother-in-law; Becky and Chuck Haas; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Shelly Gillespie, of Michigan; and numerous other relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to either the Oncology- Infusion Department at Central Peninsula General Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669 or the Elks National Foundation c/o Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706, 44640 Parkway Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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