Gil Gillespie


September 28, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Lester Merle “Gil” Gillespie, Jr., 64, of League City, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. He was born Feb. 9, 1954, to Lester M. Gillespie, Sr. and Dorothy A. Phillips Gillespie in Iola, and grew up in Yates Center.

Gil’s biggest joy in life was his family. He loved his wife of 40 years beyond words and lived for his daughters; and in most recent years his whole life was his two grandbabies.

Whatever those grandbabies were into is what he was into. He was definitely Mr. Fix-It. He could fix or build just about anything. Growing up we never saw a plumber, electrician, appliance repairman, mechanic or anything, he could do it all. He also enjoyed woodworking and built many beautiful items. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and sports, he was very outdoorsy. He was an engineer by trade, employed by Moore Fabrication in Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Phil Gillespie; and nephew, Rustin Dewitt.

Gil is survived by his loving wife, Vada; daughter, Shannon Stanford and her husband JJ, their children, Addison and Gavin; daughter, Megan Gillespie; sister, Sheri Dewitt; mother-in-law, Myrtle Caudell; and many other beloved family members and cherished friends. He was very close to Vada’s family; they all adored him and thought the world of him.

Friends are cordially invited to the visitation with the family at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the funeral service to begin at 2 p.m. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200 with the Rev. Moe Mays officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Gillespie family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at


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