Richard William Gillespie, (Dick) 88, of Oro Valley, Arizona died peacefully at home on September 27, 2018. He was born on August 26, 1930 in Erie, Pennsylvania to J. Todd and Mabel Gillespie, who predeceased him. Todd worked as a foreman at Erie Forge and Steel. Dick was the youngest of three children. Dick was adored by his older sister, Billie, and was close to his brother, James (Jimmy), who predeceased him. \n\nMusic was very important to Dick. He played the trumpet since age twelve. Dick had beautiful blue eyes and a captivating smile. He always made sure his hair was just right. He could talk to anyone and had a gift for making friends. He was a great father and loving husband. \n\nUpon graduation from high school in 1948, Dick joined the Air Force. He served at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado from 1948-1952. While at Lawry, he met Glenda Lemonds, a farm girl from southeast Missouri. Dick and Glenda married at the Base Chapel in April 1951. \n\nAt the end of his military service, Dick returned to Erie. With Glenda's love and support, he went to college on the G.I. Bill, graduating with a B.S. degree from Gannon University in 1957. That changed the course of the rest of his life. His daughters were born in Erie in 1953 and 1955. He got a job with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the family moved to Kittanning, where his son was born in 1958. \n\nWhen his parents retired to St. Petersburg, Dick moved the family to Tampa where he worked for the Florida State Board of Health. He had a chance to apply for a grant to attend college to get a Master's Degree, and, with Glenda's encouragement, he took it. \n\nDick attended Tulane University, moving the family to Metairie, Louisiana for an academic year. Dick's successful career in public health led to many more family moves. He also travelled to all the U.S. states and territories. His last post was in Cincinnati, Ohio. He retired as an Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. \n\nAfter retiring in 1984, Dick and Glenda moved to Lago Vista, Texas in the Hill Country. Dick enjoyed playing a lot of golf. Dick got a part-time job with Proctor & Gamble. He also bought a small airplane, having learned to fly a few years earlier. After the birth of their only granddaughter in 1991, they moved in 1995 to Sun City Tucson where they enjoyed the clubs, activities and amenities. They sang in the church choir and in Sun City Singers. Glenda and Dick travelled extensively, both nationally and internationally. Their son moved to Tucson in 2007 and they enjoyed being able to celebrate birthdays and holidays together.\n\nDick's survivors are his wife, Glenda, their three children, Kim Gillespie (Randy), Lynne Latino (Norm) and Richard (Rich) Gillespie and granddaughter, Jennifer (Jen) Latino. Also surviving is his sister, Billie Lake, age 98, of Fullerton, California.