James L. Gillespie

Born: Mon., Nov. 1, 1943
Died: Wed., Jun. 13, 2012


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jun. 14, 2012
Location: Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home - Leipsic

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jun. 15, 2012
Location: Leipsic United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 15, 2012
Location: Leipsic United Methodist Church

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James L. Gillespie
   LEIPSIC – James L. “Jim” Gillespie, 68, of Leipsic died at 7:37 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
   He was born November 1, 1943 in Findlay to the late James M. and Marcille E. (Houser) Gillespie. His stepfather, John Russell is also deceased. On June 22, 1968, he married Diane S. Steinman and she survives in Leipsic.  Also surviving are his two children: Troy (Karen) Gillespie of Leipsic and Traci (Greg) Hockenberry of Pittsburgh, PA; five grandchildren: Kelsie, Tyler, and Kaleb Gillespie, Camden and Cooper Hockenberry; and a brother: Larry (Sandy) Gillespie of Ottawa.
   He was preceded in death also by a nephew: Brett Gillespie.
   Jim dedicated 39 years of his life working for General Motors, Defiance.  He has spent the last few years working as a maintenance man for the Leipsic United Methodist Church where he was a lifetime member.  He was a 1961 graduate of Leipsic High School and a graduate of Stautzenberger College, Toledo.  He was hardworking, caring, loving, and dedicated to his family, friends, and work.  He had lived in Leipsic his entire life and will be missed by many.
   Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012 at Leipsic United Methodist Church with Pastors William Patterson and Tom Graves officiating.  Burial will follow in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.
   Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER Funeral Home, Leipsic and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program (c/o Putnam County Home Care and Hospice Auxiliary) or Leipsic United Methodist Church.
   Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.


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Chris Silliman
   Posted Wed June 13, 2012
I had the previlege and honor to have worked with Jim in the Human Resource department at General Motors for a couple of years. He always had a smile on his face and was a very positive influence to all he came in contact with. He would share with me stories of his family, especially his grandchildren and would often share pictures. He would also share of his faith and what his church and church family meant to him. I know that he will be greatly missed by everyone. He will be waiting for his loved ones to join him in heaven and will be there to greet us with that warm and caring smile. Our prayers go out to you.
Mike and Chris Silliman

Dave and Stacy Heeter
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We enjoyed working with Jim. He is a kind man who always had a smile.

Heather Halt
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
I'm so sorry for your loss Traci. If there's anything that you, Greg, or the kids need please contact me. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

Tamaira Ridgely
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Traci and family,

My prayers go out to you during this time of sorrow. I didn't know your father Traci, but I have had the pleasure of working with his daughter who displays the grace and integrity of a blessed father. May God provide you and your family with peace, comfort and love during this time. God Bless.

Cheryl Krontz
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Diane and family,
Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace.

Jeff Nulton
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
You are truely missed,but never forgotten.

Sarah Jane Henson
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Dearest Diane and family, I am so very sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine losing your best friend after all these years. Just know that he is with the Lord now and not suffering any longer. May you find in all your memories a source of comfort... and may your hearts heal with the strength of God.
With caring thoughts and prayers,
Sarah Jane and Les

Donald Joseph
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Deepest Sympathies. Worked with Jim at GM Defiance.

Keith & Bev Haselman & family
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Karen & Troy & family,
Your family is VERY much in our thoughts right now - yes, even from down south. We're sorry we couldn't be there for you during this difficult time but are keeping you in our prayers.

Carol Ann [Dunstan] White
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Diane and family,

I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. YOu are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I will always remember Jim for his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. He made everyone happy just to be around him. May you
find solace in knowing that he is a better place and no longer suffering. You
are all in my thoughts and prayers

Susan and Ken Holko
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Diane, Tracy, Troy and families, Jim's spirit touched so many. Any gathering was better and way more fun when he attended! Our hearts are heavy with grief and we send love and hugs to you all.

Shirley Jean Russell O''brien
   Posted Thu June 14, 2012
Was doing some research on the Albirtus Russell family geology, and was SHOCKED to read of Jimmy Lee's obituary. I remember when we were kids and went to the family reunions at the park in Bowling Green, it was always the Sun. after Labor day and we never could go swimming. On time Murrey had just bought a new blue Pontiac, and was he ever proud, but my dad was always a Ford man. One time we were at your house and the men had on gooffy hats and my dad had a play gun and jim wanted his gun back because he wanted to play too. Larry kept calling my dad "Johnny Junior". I can still hear him laugh. Once our families took a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, don't know why we went there but I knew we were going to sink when they put all those cars on the ferry. When my dad and Marcille were married, he loved Jims kids like they were his own. All of you were so good to him and I thank you for that. My sincere sympathy and love to each of you in this time of sadness. Shirley

Dave Gallutia
   Posted Fri June 15, 2012
Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Jim was a great workmate - always had a smile on his face. Loved to visit and talk about family.
He will be missed by all his GM friends.

Bonnie Knueve
   Posted Fri June 15, 2012
Diane, Tracy, and Family:

My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Even though I knew
Jim a short time , he was very kind and gentle in the short visits.
He was very sincere and we had a connection with his job at
GM and his boss. Take care and know others care.

Bonnie Knueve

Tom Brygider
   Posted Sat June 16, 2012

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. I remember the good times we had long, long ago when Jim, you and I all worked at Sylvania, ate lunch together at the hotel, etc. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob & Sue Robinson
   Posted Sat June 16, 2012
Dear Diane & family- We are so very sorry to learn of your loss. Jim was one of the nicest persons we ever had the privilege of knowing. His easy going manner always put us at ease. And he always had a smile. Bob remembers to this day sitting in the last rows at church & watching Jim and Marcille acting up unlike Bob amd Sarah (which is so untrue), Such fond memories... Indeed we will miss him! We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers- all our love- Bob $ Sue

Traci Vaughan
   Posted Sat June 16, 2012
Traci & Greg, Just learned of this very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dr. Dale and Laurane Walther
   Posted Sun June 17, 2012
Jim's disease never infected his salvation, his faith, his love for his wife and his family. With these, he "infected" us.

Ronald Casteel
   Posted Tue June 19, 2012
As youngsters, Jim and I grew up together. I still consider him as a good friend. He will be missed by all. Ron

Bruce Gamiere
   Posted Tue June 19, 2012
Dear Diane and family,

My(Our) deepest sympathy on your loss. I just received word of Jim's passing. I enjoyed working with Jim at General Motors. He was always helpful and I appreciated his insight on many issues. Our prayers for Jim, you and your family.

Sue Bishop Stewart
   Posted Sat June 23, 2012
Diane, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sue

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