Robert L. Gillespie

Robert L. GillespieRobert L. Gillespie, 60, of El Paso, Texas, and Inyokern, California, passed away Friday, 10 September, from complications due to Covid-19. In life, Robert faithfully served his family and his nation. Robert devoted more than 20 years of his life to the United States Air Force, during which time he served in a myriad of positions—to include Master Instructor at Telephone Lineman School and, his most favorite position: C-130 Loadmaster.

After retiring from the Air Force, he pursued his passion for travel by taking work as a truck driver, making friends and playing new golf courses along the way. A devoted family man, he never passed up the chance to see his beloved family, oftentimes accepting grueling truck routes so he could spend time with loved ones both near and far. In life, Robert was a giant of a man with an even bigger heart—he could always be counted upon to help others in need or to rescue an abandoned dog. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Robert K. and Laurah Lee. He is survived by the love of his life, Valkyrie; daughters Robyn, Sylvia, and Bobbie; sisters Missy, Charli, and Kim, as well as 3 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and fellow veterans—all of whom miss him dearly.

A private service will be held on Sunday, 03 October, to celebrate his remarkable life, love, and accomplishments. Robert will be best remembered for his big smile, his love-hate relationship with the Dallas Cowboys, his masterful handling of Harley Davidson motorcycles, and—most of all—for his boundless generosity.

In keeping with Robert’s generous spirit, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to your local animal shelter.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and medical staff at United Regional Health Care of Wichita Falls for their expert care and steadfast devotion to their patients.

Story First Published: 2021-09-24