USA: Ohio Deaths


Bonnie Jean Gillespie, age 87 years, of Oak Harbor, OH, passed away December 13, 2023. Robinson Walker Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, OH. As published in The Blade. Visitation Dec 17th, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Robinson-Walker Funeral Home – 165 E. Water St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Service Dec 18th, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. St. Boniface Catholic Church, 215 N. Church St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449. From comments: Marv, Beth, Brian, Abby, Lainey, and all of your family members, we are so sorry for your loss…. Marvin.

Cindra Rae Stevenson Gillespie, 66, of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in local hospital. She was a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church, where she and her husband were the directors of the DEAF ministries. She was active in the music and the Sunday school ministry. She also served as a volunteer at the Shenandoah Haven for Girls.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Jobe Stevenson and Glenna Mae Angle Stevenson.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Dale Gillespie of Cleveland; children, Joel Gillespie of Anchor Point, Alaska, and Jana Rae Misner and husband, Charles, of Cleveland; daughter-in-law, Daovon Dotson and husband, Jason, of Cleveland; six grandchildren, Jasmine and Lanoi Gillespie, Jackson Dotson and Piper, Chevy and Kamden Misner, all of Cleveland; two sisters, Nancy Kay Stevenson Wells and husband, James, of Carmel, Ind., and Susan Carol Stevenson Petty and husband, Ron, of Marshall, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

One of her passions was serving the deaf and hearing impaired community. She was the chairperson for the Chattanooga Chapter of the Registered Interpreters for Deaf (CCRID) for several years. She also founded a chapter in Ohio. The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Shenandoah Baptist Church with the Rev. Joshua Grubbs and the Rev. David Gamble officiating.

The family will receive friends from  5 to 7 p.m. at the church prior to the service. A Celebration of Life will be held in Covington, Ohio, at Bridges-Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, 160 N. High St., Covington OH, 45318, on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at noon, with their former pastor, Dr. Roger Green, officiating. The family received friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service. Interment followed in Miami Memorial Park in Covington.


David H Gillespie, Ohio
David H Gillespie, Ohio

David H Gillespie, 71 years of age, and a resident of Vermilion, passed away Monday, February 14, 2022, at his home following a sudden illness. He was born March 6, 1950, in Craig, West Virginia.  David lived in Oberlin for 40 years before moving to Vermilion where he made his home for the last four years.  He graduated from Admiral King High School with the class of 1969.

David proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war, as a heavy vehicle driver.  He received the Bronze Star for saving his entire battalion while in Vietnam.  He was a hard worker and was employed at Ford Motor Company as a millwright for thirty years before retiring in 1999.  e loved being outdoors, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving throughout the USA.  David was an avid bow hunter and fisherman.  He had an intense love for nature and all God’s beauty around him.  He loved to garden, enjoying watching things grow from seed to plant.  David loved to push himself and enjoyed physical fitness.  He weight trained for many years.  He enjoyed running and ran many 10K’s and several marathons.  David and his wife traveled all over the world.  He always said that the world was an adventure for himself and his wife Rosie.
Survivors include the love of his life, wife of twenty-nine years, Rosie, who will miss him with every ounce of her being.  She loved him more than he could ever imagine; his uncle Joe McGraw of Vermilion, his cousin and substitute sister, Trish Rodisel (Tony) of Vermilion, his step-brother Dick Schiewe, his cousins McKenzie, Emma, Ben, Mona, Cheri, Dennis, Lisa, Mitzy, Myra, Steve; and his special brother in arms, his nephew Brian Clouston.  And of course, this obituary would not be complete without the acknowledgment of his 2 canine companions, Alison and Rosie, who will miss him dearly.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Straub in 2003 and Gary Gillespie in 2015; his parents Hobart Gillespie and Emma Jean Schiewe (nee: McGraw). Public visitation was held Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 11:00am until the time of funeral service at 1:00 pm at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.  Rebroadcasting of services was available at  Burial with military rights  followed at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
David L Gillespie, Ohio
David L Gillespie, Ohio

David L Gillespie,  77, of Gahanna, Ohio, died on November 6, 2021 at Fairlawn Memorial Hospital in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was born August 20, 1944 at Zanesville, a son of the late Irvin and Myrtle Gillespie. Dave was a graduate of Maysville High School and Ohio University, and he continued graduate studies at Virginia Tech. He retired after a long career in the telecommunications industry. He enjoyed golfing, cycling, watching his grandchildren’s sports, and spending time with family.

He is survived by two sons, Jack (Kristen) Gillespie and Joe Gillespie; four grandchildren, Mitch Gillespie, Haley Gillespie, Liam Gillespie and Jaxson Gillespie; three brothers, Jim Gillespie, Sam (Tina) Gillespie and Tom (Bev) Gillespie; and seven nieces and nephews, Kym (Bob) Cross, Jay (Summer) Gillespie, Keeley (Steve) Herron, Wendi Gillespie, Michael (Jessica) Gillespie, Andrew (Mariana) Beall and Scott (Connie) Beall.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Dee Gillespie; and two nephews, Christopher Gillespie and Scott Gillespie.

A Cremation took place with a Memorial Service at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, Zanvesville, with Mr. William L. Meaige officiating.  He was inurned at Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Zanesville.

Diane Gillespie, Ohio
Diane Gillespie, Ohio

Diane L Gillespie, November 23, 1956 ~ May 22, 2023, 66 Years Old. Passed away at Hospice of Hamilton on Monday, May 22, 2023. Diane was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 23, 1956 to Arthur Barnaclo and Joyce (Skinner) Barnaclo. She graduated from North College Hill High School in 1975 and went on to marry Jim Gillespie in November of 1978. Diane was a devoted mother and was often referred to as “Momma Gillespie” by those closest to the family. She was also a loving wife, daughter, sister, and friend. Diane enjoyed animals, reading, gardening, bird watching, and flowers. She loved the holidays, music (especially Motown), the Cincinnati Bengals, and spending time with her loved ones.

Diane is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jim Gillespie; children, Jennifer Gillespie, Michael Gillespie, and Daniel (Mia) Gillespie; grandchildren, Alex, Kailey, Blair, Brady, Brooklyn, Bellamy, and Finley; siblings, Susan Bales, Tina (Jeff) Brummett, Randy Barnaclo, Bev (Jerry) Brummett, Steve (Mary) Barnaclo, and Tammy (Jeff) Hayes; brother-in-law, Michael (Cathy) Gillespie; her aunt, Kim (Dave) Pierce; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Diane was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Joyce Barnaclo; in-laws, Raymond and Lucille Gillespie; brother-in-law, Dewey “Jim” Bales; and her nephew, Timothy Lerch.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home, 1350 Millville Ave, Hamilton, Ohio 45013, from  10:00 AM  to  12:00 PM. Funeral service was held at Brown Dawson Flick Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at 12:00 PM with David Damron officiating. Burial followed at Rose Hill Burial Park.

Donald Gillespie, Sr,  May 26, 1924 – Jan 12, 2013. Blanchard Stabler Funeral  Home,  Toledo, Ohio. No obituary available.


Donald Gillespie, Ohio
Donald Gillespie, Ohio

Donald Lloyd Gillespie I was born September 24, 1941 in Hamilton, Ohio, the second eldest of five children born to Isaac Nathaniel and Sylvia (Pitts) Gillespie.  He was educated in the Hamilton City School system, culminating in the attainment of his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from The Central State University. On March 7, 1964, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Marcia Ann “angel” (Pridgett) Gillespie.  Unto this union of 58 years, the stewardship of three children was entrusted and maintained with great care, Maria, David and Donald II.   Sworn Butler County Park Ranger and Probation Officer. First African-American vocational educator / Head Basketball coach at The Garfield High School Hamilton, Ohio. International Athletic Ambassador 1970 (Basketball, Poland) and businessman Accufax Paper Manufacturers / GVS Industries LLC.  2009 inductee into the Ohio Mid-West Soccer Officials Association Hall of Fame, registering 32 years as a state certified OHSAA officiating assigner and high school referee for Divisions I and II student athletes.  2022 Hamilton High school Hall of Fame inductee.

Retired Deacon and Treasurer of the solvent Pilgrim Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ohio.  Donald’s patriarchy exists in continuum, posthumously, in the form(s) of, devoted wife Marcia; three children; Maria, David, Donald II (Shannon), six grandchildren; Skye, Diahvidi, Tylah, Ahlimily, Christian, Abigail and great-grand daughter, Saniyah. Trusts / Real Estate(s) in the county of Hamilton, Liberty Township Ohio, Muscogee County Georgia, and Kappa Alpha Psi Incorporated.  Donald leaves in death his wife Marcia; two siblings, Joyce Ann (Marion) Ford and Lawrence (Gwendolyn) Gillespie, in laws Marilyn Pridgett and Joyce (Ronald) Green, and beloved extended family and friends.  Donald died March 5, 2022, 80 years old.


Elva Marie Adkins Gillespie,  97, of Burlington, Ohio, formerly of East Lynn, W.Va., went home to be with her Lord  on  Saturday, February 13, 2016. She was born March 31, 1918, a daughter of the late Elbert and Olga Adkins. Her husband, Lee Trinkle Gillespie also preceded her in death along with four sisters, Blanche Morris, Edith Bennett, Opal Strogilos and Leona Cremeans, and six brothers, Robert, Paris, Orville, Ersie, Cornis and Delmer Ray Adkins. Survivors include her sisters Vera Fox and Louise Adkins, both of Burlington, and Betty Adkins of Wayne; one brother, Ollin (Bonnie) Adkins of Maryland; grandchildren LeAnna (Daniel) Ball of Louisa, Ky., Danielle Kitts and fiancé Eric of Coldwater, Mich., Daniel Stephens, Tiffany Berry, Chris Clay, all of Wayne, and David Skeens; two great-grandsons, Rylee Adkins and Evan Ball; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Ball; 13 nieces and nephews including her caregiver, Winfred DeLoach, and Eugene (Emma Ray) Adkins; and a host of family and friends. Funeral services  1 p.m. Friday, February 19, 2016, at Johnson Tiller Funeral Home, Wayne,   Burial  in the Everett Adkins Cemetery.


Frank A Gillespie, III, entered his eternal resting place on January 6, 2023. He was born July 18, 1946, in Painesville, Ohio. Frank graduated from Harding High School, Fairport Harbor Ohio, in 1964, attended Ohio Northern University, College of Engineering in Ada, Ohio in 1965, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He completed his TRW, Inc. machinist apprenticeship program in Cleveland, graduating in 1970. He was then transferred from TRW, Inc. to Houston, Texas. After several years as a machinist, he became a Machine Tool Sales Representative for many companies in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, and was president of his own company Gillco ManufacturingTechniques, Inc. until his retirement in 2017. Frank served as Municipal Judge for the City of Shenandoah from 1978-1985. He was honored to be asked to serve in that position. Frank loved to sing and was involved in several Barbershop Quartet groups through the years. He received great pleasure using his beautiful voice to praise God in the Oak Ridge Baptist Church choir in Spring, Texas, and since 2001 in the Crossroads Baptist Church choir in the Woodlands, Texas. He participated in and led many Bible studies through the years including Bible Study Fellowship, Promise Keepers, Experiencing God, TNBS, and taught a 10th grade Sunday School class for several years. He loved learning from and studying the Bible.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Jean Gillespie and his sisters Barbara Gillespie Wurthmann and Dorothy Gillespie Sholtis. He is survived to cherish his memory by his loving wife of 49 years, Carol, Shenandoah, Texas, his children Melissa Gillespie Davis (John), Willis, Texas, Frank “Chip” Gillespie, IV (Jeanette), the Woodlands, Texas, his grandchildren Maric Gillespie, Tobi Gillespie, Jude Gillespie, his sister Estella Kangos (Steve), Tomball, Texas, and many loving and special relatives and friends. Frank’s Celebration of Life service  held on January 21, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Chapel in the Woods, One Fellowship Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.


Howard K. Cusick, 55, of Petersburg, Ohio took his first breath in Heaven at 4:59 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Cleveland Clinic. Howard was born, December 22, 1963 in Salem, a son of Dolores and William Clay and the late Howard K. Cusick. He was a jack of all trades and worked many jobs over the years.

He was a member of the New Springfield Church of God and the Christian Motorcycle Association. Howard enjoyed anything that had a motor, hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He had a huge heart and was well known to go above and beyond to help anyone that he could.

Howard is survived by his wife, the former Tamra “Tammy” Gillespie, whom he married, July 23, 1982; three daughters, Falon (Dale) Cusick-Lowe of Petersburg, Haley (Austin) Cusick-Bussey of Petersburg and Kacey Cusick of Petersburg; his mother, Delores (William) Clay of New Springfield; father-in-law, Thomas Whitfield of New Springfield; three sisters, Lori (Chris) Toot of East Palestine, Lou Ann (Paul) Kraus of East Palestine and Brenda (Dan) Gremba of East Palestine; an uncle, Stanley (Debbie) Cusick of Lisbon; a grandson, DJ “Ozzman” Lowe; a granddaughter, Dani Lynn Bussey and a grandson, Jase Howard Bussey on the way and many other close family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Keith Cusick, Sr; mother-in-law, Marlyn Gillespie Whitefield; grandparents and his fishing buddy and partner in crime, Uncle Carl. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the New Springfield Church of God. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the church with Pastor Jonathan Holloway officiating. Burial will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, New Springfield.


James A Gillespie, East Liverpool, Ohio, 94, of Newell passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Crossroads Assisted Living where he resided for almost 10 years. James was born in Holly, WV on April 20, 1928 a son of the late Arthur and Hester (Bragg) Gillespie. He worked as a foreman in the warehouse at Homer Laughlin for over 40 years retiring in 1991. After retiring he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed walking for exercise, socialization and traveling to visit friends and family. As attested by many Crossroads employees, Jim was quick witted with one liners that always brought a smile to their faces. He was a veteran of the US Army proudly serving during the Korean Conflict.

Preceding James in death were his loving wife Mildred Gillespie in June of 2000; daughter Brenda Rice, two sisters Juanita Harper and Rosella Squires; an infant sister; two brothers Junior Gillespie and Lyle Gillespie; five brothers-in-law Ralph Mattern, Ernie Rowand, Dave Fone, Cecil Harper and Jack Pitts; sister-in-law Sue Gillespie and son-in-law Lee Rice.

Left to cherish his memory are his two sons James Gillespie, Jr. and his wife Sharon and Tim Gillespie and his wife Joy; daughter Carolyn “Susie” Reed and her husband Bill; daughter-in-law Cindy Rice; thirteen beloved grandchildren Michelle Beatty and her husband Mark, Jason Gillespie and his companion Shelly Mills, Shannon Hendricks and her husband Brad, Jessica Smith and her companion Broda McCoy, Shannon LaFond and her husband Bryan, B.J. “Will” Reed and his wife Sarah, Melissa Flowers and her husband Dave, Brendan Reed and his companion Jill Marsteller, Michael Reed, Cody Gillespie, Joel Gillespie, Abi Buchheit and her husband Gregg and Andrew Rice and his companion Sydney Tray; many great grandchildren; one great great grandson; brother Silvester Gillespie; five sisters Delores Mattern, Maxine Mellinger and her husband George, Bessie Rowand, Myrtle Fone and Linda Pitts and brother-in-law Arol Squires.

Friends visited at the Dawson Funeral Home on Sunday where the family was present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rev. Rick Tinsky of New Cumberland Christian Church conducted a service at the funeral home on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Burial at Shadow Lawn Memory Gardens where Tri State Veterans Burial Group will conduct Military Honors.

James L. “Jim” Gillespie, November 1, 1943 ~ June 13, 2012 (age 68) of Leipsic. Ohio 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 was at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012 at Leipsic United Methodist Church with Pastors William Patterson and Tom Graves officiating.  Burial followed in Harman Cemetery, Gilboa.

James Gillespie, Ohio
James Gillespie, Ohio

James Ronald Gillespie, May 12th, 1947 – April 28th 2023. James was born on May 12th, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His parents were James William and Erma Lee Evans. James was referred to as “Butch” by family and “Jim” by friends. During his teen years, Jim worked at his father’s many grocery stores which built his strong work ethics and social skills.

Jim graduated from John Adams High School in 1965 and went on to attend Ohio Institute of Technology (renamed DeVry Institute of Technology) and worked for the federal government managing the defense logistics agency.

Jim married Ruth E. Mcgary and had a child, a daughter, Jenevette Rochelle. Jim was adored by other friend’s and family’s children with his silly antics like his lip singing performances to songs from the radio. His friends would remember him as a storyteller, mostly tales of his experiences throughout his life. He was also a good listener and could give good advice. Jim also gave of himself and donated. He was a rare blood type donor and donated monthly to St. Judes Children Foundation.

James love of sports had no limits. He played baseball and golf. He knew every football, baseball, and basketball team from College to Pro. He stayed a hardcore Cleveland’s fan. Jim retired at the age of 55 and enjoyed traveling around the world to places like Alaska, Australia, Canada, Hawaii, and Mexico to name a few.

Jim, when diagnosed with cancer moved permanently from Amelia, Ohio to Henderson, Nevada In 2018. He fought long and hard to beat cancer and he fought very well. In April of 2023, Jim passed away of natural causes at the age of 75 at his residence. He will be missed by his surviving family, Brother -in- Law, W. L. Spears, sister Gilda, niece Katrionne Baldwin and spouse Scott, sister Carla Gillespie, nephew in-law Stephen Flores, niece Ashley, grand-nephew Gabriel, Long time partner Linda Padua and her daughters Phyllis and Elizabeth. James’ Daughter Jenevette Rochelle Tate, and grandson Zachary James Gillespie.

John Gillespie, March 31, 1966 – July 3, 2023. Reed-Egan Funeral Home, Newark, Ohio


Maxine Gillespie, Ohio
Maxine Gillespie, Ohio

Maxine  M. Gillespie, May 24, 1928  –  May 29, 2012. Our mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Maxine M. Gillespie, age 84, passed away Tuesday May 29, 2012 at Elizabeth Scott Care Center. The daughter of Joseph and Clara Pelton, she was born May 24, 1928 in Toledo. Maxine was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church where she was active in the Altar Guild and funeral committee. She was also a member of the Wernerts Corner PTA, mothers club and loved to travel with her late husband, William. Maxines greatest joy was her family whom she loved very deeply. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Gillespie, Diane Dana Sloan; grandchildren, Andrea Jeff Heyer-Jones, Charles Amanda Tuner, Jason Desiree BeDour, Jessica Sloan, Matthew Sloan; great grandchildren, Alex, Abbi, Sidney, Samantha , Brittany, Nicholas, Madalynn, and Jacob.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; brother, Joseph; and sister Eileen. The family would especially like to thank the level 3 nurses and aides at Elizabeth Scott Care Center for all of their wonderful care. Friends visited the family on Friday from 2-9 PM at the Walker Funeral Home 5155 Sylvania Ave. west of Corey Rd.. Funeral services and interment were private.

Michael R. Gillespie, 33, of Huron, Ohio passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in his residence.

He was born Aug. 9, 1985, in Sandusky. He graduated from Huron High School in 2005. Michael loved making breakfast for his kids; fishing with his uncle Bill and cousin Dustin; working on cars with his stepdad; going to demolition derbies with his son Owen; watching “Supernatural” with his daughter Leah; watching “Stranger Things” with his kids; loved to snuggle with his kids Lexi and Paige; he liked being on time for things; and loved eating hot wings with his kids.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Kelly (Netherland) Gillespie of Sandusky; four children, Leah, Alexis, Paige, and Owen; his mother and stepfather, Carol and James Melville of Huron; and a niece, Hannah Zander. Michael is preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Rosemary Faulkner; and a sister, Rosemary Zander.

Myrtie Collins Gillespie, 84, of Ironton, Ohio, passed away on March 31st, 2023, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. A beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher, coworker, & friend, Myrtie was born October 31, 1938, in Drift (Floyd County), Kentucky, the third child of Lawrence and Nancy Ann Collins Parsons. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Hershel Gillespie, whom she married on August 30, 1961. Hershel passed away on August 8th of 2013.  After graduating from Decatur Washington High School, where she excelled academically, Myrtie began her teaching career two years into her college studies as part of Ohio’s Cadet Teacher Program and completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Rio Grande College. A dedicated teacher with a profound love and regard for her students, she retired from Kenneth W. Lewis Elementary School in Oak Hill, Ohio.

A devoted and loving wife and mother, Myrtie had a great love for her entire family, cherishing her husband and daughter, son-in-law, mother, siblings, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and other family members, and continually dedicated herself to their happiness and well-being. Myrtie had an impeccable work ethic and was a role model to her students and others, always teaching and exemplifying sincerity, kindness, compassion, integrity, and perseverance. Along with her family and students, Myrtie had many friends who treasured her insight, wisdom, warmth, humor, and selfless, caring nature. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Richard Collins, Joe Collins, Frank Parsons, and Jack Parsons as well as three sisters: Jill Parsons Ball, Eula Parsons, and Dora Parsons. Myrtie is survived by her daughter Lana (Ricardo Ramírez Gallo) Gillespie Ramírez of Ironton, Ohio; maternal aunt Betty Collins Eubanks of Ironton, Ohio; maternal uncle Ray Collins of Decatur, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1001 Kenwood Drive, in Russell, Kentucky, with President Sven Berg officiating. Burial followed at Buckhorn Cemetery in Decatur, Ohio.


Nollis Jean Gillespie Amelia, Ohio ObituaryNollis Jean Gillespie, Amelia, Ohio. Sept 15, 1931 – December 20, 2022. 91, of Amelia, passed away at Hospice of Cincinnati Blue Ash. She was born  in Royalton, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Dee and Ella Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vernon Gillespie, son, Ronnie Lee Gillespie, siblings, Kenneth Marshall, Danny Marshall, and Delmar Marshall.

She is survived by her children, Shara Bell (Howard), Hellan Hanauer (Ken), Connie Carter (Frank), Pam Wanninger (Richard), John Gillespie (Cindy), Monty Gillespie (LIsa), and Tim Gillespie (Sara); 29 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren; siblings, Emerson Marshall and Donnie Marshall; numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends and family visitation was held at Withamsville Church of Christ, 846 Ohio PIke, Cincinnati on Wednesday, December 28 from 10:00 am until time of funeral service on Wednesday at 12 Noon. Interment Graceland Memorial Gardens.


Paul D Gillespie, 60, of Newark, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Paul was preceded in death by his parents: Arnold and Virginia Gillespie; by his sisters Peggy, his twin Penny, and Connie; brothers Billy Joe, Arnold Jr, Jimmy, and Everett.

He is survived by his loving finance Pam Davis, his son, Derrick Gillespie (Kristin); daughter Richelle Gillespie; sisters Holly (Jeff) Clark, and Kelly Gillespie;  brothers Randy Gillespie, Dennis Gillespie (Candace), and John Gillespie. Cremation. No formal service. A celebration of life at a later date.


Ralph Raymond Gillespie, 84 yrs., passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at his residence in Newton Falls, OHIO  with his loving family by his side. He was born September 16, 1935, in Windham, Ohio, the son of the late Ralph and Mary Gillespie of Newton Falls.

Ralph married the love of his life, Violet June Haney, on April 23, 1954 and they have been married for 65 wonderful years. Ralph and Violet lived all of their married life in Newton Falls, Ohio, where they raised their three children. Ralph was very active in the community where he was a member of the Newton Falls Jaycees, Newton Falls School Board and he served 8 years on City Council.

When Ralph was not serving the community, he had a vast love for sports. He was a state track meet finalist, played basketball, baseball, bowled and his greatest love was the game of GOLF. When he was not playing the sport, he was supporting his children and grandchildren in all of their athletic endeavors. Ralph never missed a game. Ralph loved watching all Ohio sports in the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers and Indians.

Memories of Ralph will be carried on by his loving wife, Violet, of Newton Falls; one son: Michael (Darcy) Gillespie of Newton Falls; two daughters: Beth (Mark) Medallis of Newton Falls and Tammy (Philip) Blandine of Newton Falls; two sisters: Irma (Tony) Shields of Chicago and Norma (the late Norman) Shannon of Lake Lure, North Carolina. Ralph has six loving grandchildren: Ryan (Billie) Gillespie of Cortland; Matthew (Krista) Gillespie of Williamsburg, Virginia.; Eric Medallis of Arizona; Todd Medallis of Newton Falls and two granddaughters Taylor and Tori Blandine of Newton Falls. Ralph has four adoring great-grandchildren Rylie and Landon (Ryan) Gillespie; Jayden and Peyton (Matthew) Gillespie and one great-grandchild on the way.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Mary Gillespie; sister Mary Louise Sewell; and brother-in-law Norman Shannon.

R. Harold Gillespie, age 85 of Baltimore, died November 14, 2018, at his sister’s residence in Logan.  He was born to the late Harrison and Marry Hammner Gillespie on July 2 1933. He was a member of New Zion United Methodist Church.  Harold was the owner and operator of “Sis and Harold’s Pizza” in Baltimore, along with his late wife, Virginia.  He worked for Cotton Lumber for 14 years, then started his own vending business all prior to “Sis and Harold’s Pizza”.  He was always doing something, never stopping, and enjoyed listening to bluegrass and spending time with family and friends. Harold will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his son, James Gillespie; four grandchildren; brothers, Dairl Gillespie, Charles (Carol) Gillespie, Larry (Jeannie), and Dale Gillespie; and sisters, Ella Jackson and Deanna (Rick) Rausch.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife , Virginia Gillespie; parents; and brothers, Lawrence, Carroll, and Ronald Gillespie.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, at the Johnson-Smith Funeral Home. Family and friends may call 2 hours prior from 9 until the time of service at the funeral home on Monday.  Burial will follow the service at Concord Cemetery in Grove City.


Sharon Lynne Gillespie, 82, of Bowling Green passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Sharon was born on November 15, 1936 to the late William Robert and Evelyn June (Otley) Gillespie.

Sharon is survived by her sons: Brad (Rachel) Eckhart and Brett Eckhart of Bowling Green, his daughter and her beloved granddaughter Jocelyn Eckhart; Brother Robert (Jean) Gillespie; Aunt Martha Foster;

Nephew Adam (Andrea) Gillespie, their sons, Kade and Silas; niece Michelle Gillespie, her children Keegan and Grace; cousins Janis Long, Tommy Long, Marilyn Long Smith, Sandie Sanford, Luke Sanford, Haley Sanford, Susan Engle and Sallie Briggs;

Along with her parents Sharon was preceded in death by son Robert W. Eckhart; daughter Lyndel Avery; nephews: Richard Alex & Robert John Gillespie as well as many other cherished friends and family.

Sharon was a 1982 graduate of Bowling Green State University. Having been a teacher for many years, she went back to school earning her Bachelors of Science in Education degree. She worked for Petti’s Alpine Village restaurant, the Elks Lodge and GTE as a switchboard operator in Bowling Green. In 1984 she decided to change careers, working as an apartment manager and leasing agent, finishing her 28-year career at Winthrop Terrace Apartments, retiring in 2012.

Sharon was a member of the BG Apartment Association, the BGSU Alumni Association, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed dancing and was a part of Liturgical Dance at Trinity United Methodist as well as Tap Dancing at Julies Dance Studio. Above all she was known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and historic knowledge of all things (and people) in Bowling Green.

The family would like to thank St. Clare Commons and Bridge Hospice for their exceptional care.  Memorial contribution in Sharon’s honor may be gifted to Bridge Hospice or the Wood County Library, where she spent much time supporting her love of reading.


Tina M. Gillespie,  Dayton, Ohio. October 13, 1967 – November 17, 2023 (56 years old)

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends had to say goodbye to their beloved Tina M. Gillespie (Dayton, Ohio), born in Greenville, Ohio, who passed away at the age of 56, on November 17, 2023. She is survived by : her husband Eric Gillespie (Stop); her parents, Virgil Frantz and Barbara Frantz; her brother Brent Frantz (Tricia); her sons, Aaron and Marcus; her sisters-in-law, Joyce Whitaker (Lee), Michelle Gillespie and Julie Gillespie; and her nieces and nephews, Lauren, Jordan Whitaker, Aidan and Dylan Frantz.

Visitation Friday, November 24th at Routsong Funeral Home – Kettering 2100 E Stroop Rd, Dayton, OH 45429. Mass of Christian burial Saturday, November 25 at Saint Peter Catholic Church
6161 Chambersburg Rd, Dayton, OH 45424

Record Count: 22

Source of Records:  Online newspaper obits, especially My Valley Tributes; funeral home obituaries,  Tribute Archives. Washington Post; The Blade.