Obituary of LeRoy Richard Gillespie
Morenci - LeRoy Richard Gillespie, age 87, of Morenci, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021, at his home. He was born in Morenci on November 1, 1933 to the late Clarence and Wava (Metcalf) Gillespie. After graduating from Morenci High School, he married Clara Clark, and she preceded him in death.
LeRoy's number one love was his grandson, Michael. He enjoyed spending time with him and they were inseparable. His other loves were farming, hunting, fishing, and going to his cabin Up North. As a founder of the Morenci Sportsmen's Club, he enjoyed spending time there as well.
He is survived by a son, Robin Allen Gillespie; grandson, Michael Gillespie; granddaughter, Amie Gillespie; great-grandchildren, Hunter Gillespie and Nolan Nortley; and a niece, Malia "Sis" Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, and son, Richard Lynn Gillespie; brother and sister-in-law, Lyle and Mary Ann Gillespie; and a nephew, Allen Gillespie.
According to family wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial gathering to honor LeRoy's life on Monday, September 13, 2021 starting at 3:00 PM, at the Morenci Sportsman Club. Rev. William VanValkenburg will officiate the service. Inurnment of LeRoy and Clara will take place at a later date in Lyons Cemetery. Those wishing a monetary contribution in LeRoy's memory are asked to consider The Morenci Sportsman Club or the family. The Eagle-Marry Funeral Home - Morenci Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.