Apr 232014

Stephen Rhett Gillespie, 64, died on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his home in Linden. A private family memorial service with military honors will take place at a later date.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1950, in McNary to the late Guy Albert Gillespie Sr. and Hazel (West) Fish Gillespie.
Stephen went to Westwood High School in Mesa and was very athletic as a young man. While in high school, he excelled in gymnastics and was expert in performing on the trampoline. Even in his adult years, Stephen “wowed” his family by showing them what he was “still” able to accomplish on the trampoline, flips and all!
During his senior year in high school, Stephen joined the U.S. Army during the height of the Vietnam War. His service took him behind enemy lines in Vietnam where he saw, first hand, the true horrors of war. When LBJ pulled the U.S. troops from Vietnam, Stephen fell a short distance out of the helicopter that was to bring him back home. Because of that fall, he experienced back pain for the remainder of his life.
Throughout most of his working life, Stephen was employed by Salt River Project (SRP) as a water analyst. He was a loyal and dependable employee, and always gave his all while on the job.
In his spare time, Stephen could be found outdoors, appreciating the natural beauty found throughout the world. He was an avid rock hound and possessed an extraordinary rock collection. Also, he had a special love for pets, especially his dogs, Annie and Bark.
Survivors include his daughter, Stacey Renee Gillespie of Scottsdale; five brothers, Glenn (Elaine) Fish of Joseph City, Merwyn (Lorraine) Fish of Linden, Barry (Bonnie) Fish of Lakeside, Guy Jr. (Barbara) Gillespie of Window Rock and Weston (Debbie) Gillespie of Mesa; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.Stephen Rhett Gillespie