|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1925|
Roger Mills County
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 2008|
New Mexico, USA
Delmer K. Gillespie was born September 28, 1925 in Rankin now Reydon, Oaklahoma. He is the son of A. Roy and E. Paulene Harris Gillespie and brother of Leonard, Dale, Bennie, Charlotte, Theda, and Floretta.
Delmer had a great since of humor typical of all Gillespie children. He loved all his nieces and nephews but he was a second Dad to Linda Perkins his favorite niece who predeceased him. Delmer was devoted to Linda as Linda was to him. Tio Delmer and his sister, Aunt Char, never wavered in their support of Linda and Me. They both stood strong in their defense of our beliefs all of our lives against our Dads who were rigid in their views. I will be eternally grateful to them both.
Delmer never married. He adopted a son in 1976 Paul Xavier Michaud, Jr. After the adoption Paul Michaud changed his name to Ben Paul Gillespie. Delmer graduated from Portales, New Mexico High School in 1943. Months from his 18th birthday Delmer enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged in April 1946. During his service he was assigned to LST-558. It is a ship about 300 feet long with large doors at the bow to disgorge men and equipment when it rammed the beach. Delmer told his brother Bennie there were about 12 landings in the 18 months of his duty as American forces fought toward Japan. Most of the island names Delmer forgot except New Guinea and Le Shima. I entered Delmer's name on the WWII monument and at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
Delmer received his Bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico College now called Eastern New Mexico University. He continued his education but was a semester shy of his master's degree.
Delmer taught High School for a couple of years. He then worked for New Mexico Welfare department until his retirement. His Brother Bennie says in his biography of him, "he served as District Director during the 2 or 3 years that the state established districts and was County Director of three different counties over a 20 year span". He directly influenced and helped his niece Linda Perkins and his nephew Bob Gillespie in their social services career paths.
Delmer died of Emphysema September 12, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico while in Hospice Care. He was cremated and his ashes were given to his brother Bennie Joe Gillespie who with Delmer's adopted son Ben Paul Gillespie subsequently scattered his ashes at his favorite lake. caused by years of smoking and was cremated per his wishes in Southern New Mexico.
©Biography 2013 by Sherri Gillespie with excerpts taken from Uncle Bennie Gillespie's Family Tree. Photo 7/10/2004 Delmer Gillespie photo owned by Sherri Gillespie. No one shall copy, duplicate, replicate, or publish © photos or the biography without the written authorization of the author and owner.
A Roy Gillespie (1892 - 1959)
E Paulene Gillespie (1896 - 1990)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Sherri G.
Record added: Aug 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94683813
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Tio Delmer, Thank you for your service to the country in WWII. I remember you on this day every year with love and respect. In my minds eye I see you and Linda together now.|
Added: Nov. 11, 2013