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Ohio visitors impressed with Cedar Springs family’s hospitality


My wife and I, along with my daughter and family, recently vacationed in the Silver Lake region of Michigan. We have heard from others over the years that it was a great place to visit and enjoy. We had no major expectations other than relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and just go with the flow. Little did we know that we would have an experience that we would all remember for a lifetime.

We had the great fortune to rent a home that was right next door to a family from your area, Kurt and Kathy Gillespie and their children. In one week we were introduced to the dunes in a way that we could never have imagined as Kurt and son Kevin took all of us for rides that we will not ever forget. Their dedication to the sport is apparent and for them to openly share their knowledge and experience, as well as machines, was just incredible. After long days on the dunes, then to invite us to share dinners and campfires at night, just made my family feel so comfortable and at home. Just thought that someone should let you know that you have some wonderful ambassadors for Cedar Springs, Michigan, and Silver Lake dunes, in your midst. And one more thing—we also proved that Wolverines and Buckeyes really do have much more in common than football. Our families together are what it really is all about.

Randy Flowers

Delaware, Ohio

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C-MEM-StJohnsJanuary 28, 1943 to August 7, 2003


It’s been 10 years since you left us,

Our hearts are split in two.

The one side filled with memories,

The other died with you.

We often lay awake at night,

When the world is fast asleep.

We take a walk down memory lane,

With tears up our cheeks.

Remembering you is easy, we do it everyday,

But missing you is a heartache, that never goes away.

We hold you tight within our hearts,

And there you will remain.

Life has gone without you,

But it will never be the same.


With love always,

Sisters, brothers, children, grandchildren & great grandchildren

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Raymond Gillespie Jr.

Raymond L. “ Ray” Gillespie Jr., 70 of Belding, died Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2012, at Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. Ray was born on January 6, 1942 near Cedar Springs, the son of Raymond and Thelma (Tisdel) Gillespie. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School with the Class of 1960. Ray was a member of the Belding VFW Post 4406 Men s Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion Post 203 of Belding and the Belding Sportsmans Club. He enjoyed travel, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. He is loved and survived by his children and their spouses, Chris and Ed Mol of Marne, Cindy and Len VanDenBerg of Newaygo, Julie Jenison of Grand Rapids, JoLynn and Tom Coutchie of Grandville, Amy and Allen Natividad of Dorr, Erin Gillespie of Wyoming, John Higgins of Belding, Shari Lynne and Terry Chamberlain of Rosebush, Marc and Deb Higgins of Belding; 22 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Lanny Gillespie, Colleen and Dale Thurston, all of Cedar Springs, Ed and Nancy Gillespie of Rockford, Debbie Merlington and Bruce Duncan and Diane and Ed

Sipka, all of Cedar Springs. Ray was preceded by Dee Higgins, his parents, one sister, Darlene and one brother Leonard. Funeral and committal prayers was 3:00 PM Sunday at Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home, Belding with Pastor Dick Riley of Rockford United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Nelson Township Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Visitation was on Saturday at the funeral home from 5-8 PM. Memorials may be given to the Belding VFW Post 4406. To leave a message of condolence for the Gillespie Family, please visit the website of the funeral home, www.jffh.com. Arrangements by Johnson-Feuerstein Funeral Home

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In Loving Memory of Raymond Gillespie

Raymond GillespieJune 21, 1921 – February 4, 20110

A million times we’ve needed you,
A million times we’ve cried.
If love alone could’ve saved you,
You never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place,
No one else will ever fill.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone.
Part of us went with you.
The day God took you home.

We love and miss you
Your Children & Grandchildren

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