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John Gillespie

May 15, 1950 — June 13, 2020

John Gillespie

John W Gillespie age 70 passed away on June 13, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Topeka.

John was born in Coffeyville on May 15, 1950 to William and Jewel (Palmer) Gillespie. He attended local grammar schools and graduated from Field Kindley High School. He continued his education but left college to join the Army. Once he received his discharge he returned to Coffeyville.  John met Elaine Russell and the couple began a longtime relationship but never married. They enjoyed life together for many years and loved drinking coffee together as they started their days. When John moved to Topeka, he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

John’s memories will live on with his stepchildren; Timothy Russell, Michael Russell and Corrina Carroll, and numerous cousins.

He now rests with his parents, sister Loy, and stepson Donald Russell.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel at 2:00pm. The family suggests memorials be made payable to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave Coffeyville, KS 67337. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit

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