Joseph Dean Gillespie

January 1, 1954 ~ December 27, 2020 (age 66)


Joseph Gillespie, 66, of Marshall died on Sunday December 27, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family following a long illness.
Joe was born on January 1, 1954 in Battle Creek to Dean and Dixie (Brunner) Gillespie. He graduated from Harper Creek High School in 1972. On June 1, 1985 he married Susan Thomas in Battle Creek at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Joe worked for the Kellogg Company for 36 years retiring in 2009. He was an avoid outdoors man enjoyed fishing, working in the yard and riding motorcycles when he was younger. Joe also enjoyed spending time with his friends from school and work, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survived by his wife Susan; three children, Bryan (Shannon) Gillespie, Shawn (William) Meyer, and Brad Gillespie; six grandchildren, Tyler Gillespie, Doug Gillespie, Connor Meyer, Cody Gillespie, Jessie Gillespie, Alex Meyer; siblings Sue (Cal Pomeroy) Raymond, Patrick (Genny) Gillespie, and Connie (Carl) Garvison; and his faithful dog "Shadow". He was preceded in death by his parents.
A private family service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions are requested to the Calhoun County Relay for Life. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home PO Box 519 Marshall MI 49068 to be delivered to the charity. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Kempf Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy N Marshall MI 49068

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