James Mantel Gillespie


James Mantel Gillespie, age 71, of Bowling Green, Ohio, passed away December 10, 2022 in his home surrounded by his family. Jim was born on May 11, 1951 to Ike and Shirley Gillespie in Bowling Green, Ohio. After graduating from Otsego High School in 1969, he went on to become an iron worker then later started his own painting and carpentry business, where he expressed his true passion.

In 1975, Jim met the love of his life, Gertrud, at taco night at Mad Anthony’s in Waterville, Ohio. Jim and Gertrud married in 1980 and had three children, Kate (Alex) Laverde, Zach, and Molly (John) Lashaway.

In 2009, Jim retired and moved to northern Michigan, where he enjoyed his time fishing, vacationing in Canada, gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. Jim will be remembered for his great sense of humor and endearing stubbornness. He also took pride in his yard and could be found mowing his lawn while enjoying an Old Mil. He loved spending time with his five grandchildren, Quinn, Sophie, Jude, Mateo, and Noah… sharing his favorite past times, wisdom, and love of sweets with them.

Along with his wife, children and grandchildren, Jim is survived by his loving siblings, Bill (Galena) Gillespie, Jeannie (Don) Genson, and Anne (Dale) Limes, as well as an abundance of lifelong friends.

Jim will be missed deeply and we take comfort knowing that he is now at peace and surrounded by light.

A celebration of life held in his honor will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dunn Funeral Home in Bowling Green.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in his memory to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

To share an online condolence or fond memory with the family please visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.

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