In Memory: Jan. 8

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

Donald D. DiPietro, 87, Vero Beach

April 03, 1933 – January 02, 2021

Donald D. DiPietro, age 87, of Vero Beach, passed away January 2, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. He was born in Newark, New Jersey, on April 3, 1933.

Donald moved from Manchester, N.J., to Vero Beach.

He had attended Seton Hall College in New Jersey. Donald was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was the owner and operator of Market Boy Butcher, Old Bridge, NJ.

Donald is survived by his wife, Helen Edwina Purcell DiPietro. He was predeceased by his sister, mother, and father.

Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, FL., is Donald’s final resting place.

From Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory

James Henry “Jim” Marshall, 85, Vero Beach

October 04, 1935 – January 01, 2021

James Henry “Jim” Marshall, 85, of Vero Beach, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, under Hospice care. Jim was born October 4, 1935, in Albion, Michigan, one of four children born to the late Bernard and Georgia Marshall. Jim worked at Clark Equipment for many years, and later he and mom traveled all over with the Antiques Show events.

Jim was in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He loved reading western books and watching old western movies.

Jim is survived by his stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Bert Marshall of Vero Beach; two grandsons, Jason Marshall of Vero Beach and Troy Marshall of Sebastian, FL; five great-grandchildren, Bailee Marshall, Jayden Marshall, Lucas Marshall, Jonah Marshall, and Micah Marshall; one sister, Georgia Lons of Marshall, MI; seven sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law, Frieda Marshall of Albion, MI, Claude Stevens, Paula Stevens, Richard and Betty Stevens, Johnny and Emma Stevens all of Vero Beach, Mike and Glenda Stevens of Blountstown, FL., Pat Stevens of Fort Walton, FL., and Judy Stevens of Westfield, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

James Marshall was predeceased in death by his loving wife, Myrtle M. Marshall, two brothers, Bub Marshall, and Bert T. Marshall, three brothers-in-law, Robert Stevens, Larry Stevens, and Bill Stevens, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Stevens.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Marshall’s name, may be made to VNA & Hospice Foundation, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL  32960.

From Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory

Carroll James “Jim” Phinney, 92, Vero Beach

January 2, 1929 – January 6, 2021

Jim Phinney, 92, of Oscoda, Michigan, and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Vero Beach.

Jim was born in Conway, New Hampshire, and moved to Oscoda from Arizona. The last 10 years he and his beloved wife, Colleen, have been winter visitors to Vero Beach.

A veteran, Jim served in the Army Air Force at the end of World War II, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He had served as a weather forecaster in the military and then he went on to serve as the chief engineer in hotel chains in California prior to his retirement.

Jim enjoyed wood carving and had been a volunteer at the Wurtsmith Museum in Oscoda. He was involved with the Humane Society while living in Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth, who was the mother of his children, and later his second wife, Barbara.

Survivors include his wife Colleen K. Phinney of Oscoda and Vero Beach, a son Allen (Dorothy) Phinney of Vista, California, a daughter Linda (Gerry) Gamliel of Kansas City, Missouri, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to a local Humane Society are suggested. His resting place will be at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory

L. Glen Gillespie, 91, Vero Beach

July 17, 1929 – January 03, 2021

L. Glen Gillespie, 91, of Vero Beach, FL, went to be with the Lord on Sunday night, January 3, 2021. Born July 17, 1929, in Sophia, W.V., he was the son of Leonard Jackson Gillespie and Elva P. (Greene) Gillespie.

Glen’s beloved wife of 65 years, Nancy L. (Beegle) Gillespie, preceded him to heaven in May of 2017.

After growing up in East Gulf and Sophia, W.V., Glen’s parents moved him, his brother Douglas Gillespie (deceased), and sister, Wilma (Gillespie) Fogle of Thurmont, MD to Baltimore, MD. There he played trombone in the marching band, graduated from Southern High School in 1948, and was offered a full scholarship to MIT.

Choosing instead to “be his own boss”, Glen and his father purchased a dairy farm in Emmitsburg, MD. He met Nancy and it was love at first sight for both of them. After they married in 1952, Glen served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Upon his return, they bought the adjoining farm and started their family. Eight years later they purchased a third farm, built a herd of 150 holstein dairy cows, and raised five children. In 1966 Glen and Nancy and his parents sold the farms and moved to Vero Beach, FL. For the past 54 years, Glen maintained that he lived in the most beautiful town with the best climate in the world. Glen was an original founding partner of Gillespie Builders LTD. Over the ensuing decades, he enjoyed faceting gemstones, fishing and boating, salmon fishing in Alaska, and traveling America by camper. Glen also enjoyed deer hunting. Thirteen years ago he rekindled that hobby, and harvested his last buck just a month and a half ago.

Glen was a warm, outgoing man who loved people. He quickly put others at ease, engaged them in conversation, and loved to laugh. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church for the past 54 years where he had previously served as an Elder. Since childhood, his faith in Jesus Christ was an important part of who he was.

Glen is survived by his five children, Linda Gillespie, Debbie Boneta and husband Jose, Kathy Smith and husband Eric, John Gillespie and wife Kara, and Treva Burbine and husband Norm, all of Vero Beach, FL.;  as well as six grandchildren, Rachel Bowman and husband Ben, Sarah Lang and husband Ryan, Treva Cofer and husband Bud, Jessica Brown and husband Jared, John Gillespie II, Jason Gillespie and wife Ashley, 10 great-grandchildren, and his sister Wilma (Gillespie) Fogle. He also leaves behind close friends Sue Marik, Gerda Smith, Jean Leswing and many others at The Isles of Vero.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 23, at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Vero Beach, FL., with Pastor Matthew Luttman officiating. Luncheon to follow.

If you so choose, memorial contributions can be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1150 41st Avenue, Vero Beach, FL., 32966  or
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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