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Jonathan "Jay" Gillispie

Updated: Jul 22


We are heartbroken to announce the death of our father, Jonathan “Jay” Gillispie (65), on July 17, 2022. Jay passed away peacefully after a brief battle with Melanoma, at the Kavanagh House in Des Moines. He was surrounded by the love and comfort of his family.


Jay was born April 18, 1957, in Iowa City, Iowa. He leaves behind Rose M. Gillispie (wife of 30 years), son Ricky & Alicia (Austin & Courtney, Isaac, William, Isabella), son Ryan (Katie, Jonathan, Sophia/Ollie), Riley Pilch (Taylor, Kaitlyn, Merrick), and 3 great grandchildren. In addition, Jay is survived by his stepmother Karen, and siblings Robert, Lisa and Theresa.


He was proceeded in death by his father, John, and mother, Beverly.


A Celebration of Life will be held at The Elks 98 in Pleasant Hill, IA on July 24, 2022, from 11-2 pm. We look forward to seeing anyone that is able to join us in honoring Jay.