ELKHART — Thomas R. Gillespie, Jr., 77, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, in rural Baca County, Colo.

He was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Elkhart to Thomas R. Sr. and Margarett M. (Riley) Gillespie.

He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1960. He was honorably discharged after serving three years in the U.S. Air Force.

He married Cynthia L. Rutledge on Aug. 23, 1969, in Seymour, Mo. He worked for the city of Elkhart for 53 years, retiring as the sanitation supervisor.

Survivors include his son, Thomas R. Gillespie of Elkhart; daughters, Rebecca Walker of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Iris Scruggs of Elkhart; a sister, Dorothy Horton of Elkhart; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Cindy, in 2010.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Elkhart. Interment will follow at the Elkhart Cemetery with Masonic rites and military rites by VFW Point Rock Post #3162.

Visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., at Garnand Funeral Home in Elkhart.

Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospitals for Children or Elkhart Senior Center, in care of Garnand Funeral Home, P.O. Box 854, Elkhart, KS 67950. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.