George Dixon Gillespie Jr., 82, left this Earth to join our Heavenly Father on September 3, 2019. He was a loving, and much loved, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend.
George was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 17, 1937. He was in the Army when he met the love of his life, Carole Ann Cox. They were married on June 19, 1965. They moved to Caldwell in 1969.
Having served 12 years in the Army, where George made Captain, he joined the Canyon County Sheriff's office, where he attained the rank of lieutenant. He worked there for 10 years, and then decided to join the Navy. He put in 8 years, and retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
Known as "Dick" to his family and friends, he charmed everyone he met. One of his best known traits was his ability to produce expletive-loaded creative outbursts, such as "$*%#!&@!!"
George was very opinionated, and his opinion was always the right one. We wanted to get him a t-shirt that said "I am right, you are wrong, so just sit there in your wrongness, and be wrong," because it was perfect for him. If he had a motto, it would be "It's better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it." Or perhaps it would be "You can't have too many guns, or too much ammo." If you knew him, you know this is true.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Carole Ann Gillespie, his parents, and 4 sisters.
George is survived by his daughter, Maria (Brandon) Kelly of Nampa, and his son, Andy (Laura) Gillespie of Centennial, CO, and 4 grandchildren, Nicholas and Hunter Kelly, and Paige and Ty Gillespie. He adored his family, and always told everyone how proud he was of them. His only surviving sibling is his "baby
brother," Hugh Gillespie, of Phoenix, AZ.
A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, September 15, at the Dakan Funeral Chapel in Caldwell. The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 16, with a military flag presentation at the Canyon Hill Cemetery afterward. There will be a wake to follow. Join us to raise a glass to this
amazing man, and share stories about him at 4:00 p.m., at Roots & Co. (The old Corral bar.)