Dave was born on October 5, 1934 to Sam and Effie Gillispie in Charleston, West Virginia. He joined the military in 1953 to 1958 (L-Co 508th Airborne Reqiment Combat Team from Feb 1954 to July 1956)(C-506th Battle Group 101st) Airborne Division from July 1956 until December of 1958.
After completing his military service he became an over the road trucker for many years. After retirement he was employed by the Lakota School system for 10 years, and then took a second retirement.
As a Freemason, he was compassionate and kind, always willing to help his neighbors and others in need.
He had a curious nature, reading and learning about various subjects from military and aviation history to animals and nature. In his earlier years he enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an avid car enthusiast. In addition he loved spending time in the West Virginia Mountains and enjoyed several tropical destinations.
He loved his family and his home and a quiet life spending time spoiling his dogs. Heidi, his most beloved Pekingese dog is the one to mourn his passing.
Dave is survived by his wife of 64 years, Roxie Gillespie and daughter Teresa (Edward) Hammock, sisters Margaret Walker, Barbara Walker and brother Harold Gillispie. Pre-deceased by his parents Sam and Effie Gillispie, sister Rose Marie Clinton and brother Melvin Gillispie.