Alan Joseph Gillaspy, born February 2nd, 1961, in Corydon, Iowa, passed away on May 23rd, 2023, in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 62. Alan had a huge heart and gave of himself to many. He was unpretentious, genuine, and humble. He was just Alan and could fit in anywhere he went. He easily made friends and loved to visit.
Services will be held Wednesday, May 31st at 10:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. A luncheon will be held at the Lake View Golf and Country Club in Chariton following the services. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 30, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Memorials may be made to the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine of which he was a proud member.
The family moved a lot while growing up and moved to Chariton when he was 13 years old where he then graduated from Chariton High School in 1980. Alan worked for his uncle Richard Krutsinger during high school and then worked for his Grandpa and Dad at the salvage yard before becoming an integral part of Colfax Tractor as parts manager in 1989.
Alan found the love of his life in Brenda Tennyson, and they were married September 11, 1982. They made the best team and were blessed with daughters: Brittany and Audrey.
Alan made many friends all over the country and world while working. He was a passionate man who was considerate to others, a true gentleman indeed. Being a Za-Ga-Zig Shriner was very important to Alan. He was president of Lucas County Shriners for several years, a member of the Marion County Shrine Club, and was also a Shrine Ambassador. He was always the first to volunteer and help with fundraising for the children - one of his proudest accomplishments.
Alan enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life such as being a member of Lakeview Golf and Country Club, where he served on the board for a term, and he loved the people and friends at the Club. Another hobby was deer hunting and hanging out with the hunting groups. Alan also looked forward to his yearly snowmobile trips with the Voss’ boys and friends to Minnesota.
Aside from his hobbies, Alan was an Iowa Hawkeye Fan who enjoyed rooting for them whenever they played and tried to attend at least one game every year.
Alan is survived by his wife Brenda Gillaspy; daughters: Brittany (Eric) McNeeley and Audrey (Ross) Polly, along with three grandchildren: Landyn, Journey, Alanna; sisters: Tina (John Van der Hulle) Gillaspy and Tonya (Warren) Chambers; step siblings: Mike (Lynn) Bolling, Lee Bob (Renea) Bolling, and Missy Bolling; in-laws: Michelle Gillaspy, Marla Shahan, and Ron (Melissa) Tennyson; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents: Joe and Nancy Gillaspy; step-mother Kay Gillaspy; and brother Kin Gillaspy.
Alan will be deeply missed by all who knew him. His memory will forever be cherished by his family and friends. May he rest peacefully with the angels.