Gerald Dean "Gip" Gillespie, 83, of Bement, passed away at 11:08 a.m., January 24, 2019 at the Champaign-Urbana Rehab Center, Savoy.

Gip was born September 24, 1935 in Champaign, IL the son of Dean and Clara (Allison) Gillespie. He married Helen McKee on September 24, 1989 in Las Vegas, NV.

Gip is survived by his wife, Helen Gillespie of Bement; son, Timothy Dean Gillespie of Garrett, IL; daughters, Terresa Lynn Gillespie of Monticello, Ashley Denise Magos of Urbana; stepdaughter, Sheri Robeck of Mahomet; 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and sister, Gwen Thompson of FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Tony and Teddy, stepson David, and grandson Josh.

Gip retired as a maintenance supervisor at General Cable. Gip served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620. Gip enjoyed hunting, guns, fishing, camping, traveling and was a St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears fan.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Pat Tieman officiating. Interment will be held in Bement Township Cemetery. Casual dress is requested by the family.

Memorials may be made to the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com.