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Leon Earl Gillhespy

February 10, 1936 May 21, 2019
Leon Earl Gillhespy
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Leon Earl Gillhespy, 83, of Newaygo, passed away peacefully at home May 21, 2019 surrounded by family. He was born on February 10, 1936 to Leon and Mildred (Phillips) Gillhespy in Muskegon, Michigan. He had many fond memories of Beach School and looked forward to attending their reunions. He graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1955. Leon worked as a Machinist for Brunswick until his retirement in 1986. On January 25, 1958 he married Maxene Daniels in Muskegon, Michigan. He loved to fish for smallies and perch and working on his collection of antique cars and trucks. Every fall would find him in the woods deer hunting with the same buddies for over 60 years. He wintered in the Pinellas Park, Florida area for many years, where he loved to fish the creeks and bays with family and snowbird friends. His tan was second to none when arriving back home to Newaygo in the spring. He loved the sun. Leon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maxene, two sons: Mark (Gail) Gillhespy of Walker, Jim (Molly) Gillhespy of Whitehall; two daughters: Pam (Ron) Rickli of Kalamazoo, Sue Gillhespy-Adams of Elsie; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and two more expected in the fall; his sister Maryann (Richard) Borgeson, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Ed Gillhespy, Bill Gillhespy and Bob Gillhespy; and his nephew and fishing buddy Mike Johnson. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with memorial services at 1:00 pm at the Fields-McKinley Funeral and Cremation Services Newaygo Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Conservation Resource Alliance or Great Lakes Caring Hospice. Please share your memories of Leon online at www.fieldsmckinley.com.


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Visitation

Thursday

30

May

12:00 PM 5/30/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 5/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Newaygo, MI

226 State Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Newaygo, MI
226 State Road Newaygo 49337 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

30

May

1:00 PM 5/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Newaygo, MI

226 State Road
Newaygo, MI 49337

Fields-McKinley Funeral And Cremation Services - Newaygo, MI
226 State Road Newaygo 49337 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Conservation Resource Alliance

10850 Traverse City Highway, Suite 1180
Traverse City, MI 49684

Great Lakes Caring Hospice

900 Cooper Street
Jackson, MI 49202
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