James C. Gillette, 91 of Niles passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in West Woods of Niles.
Jim was born on January 4, 1928 in Niles to the late Dr. Clarence and Ruth (Wells) Gillette.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife Margaret ‘Maggie’ Ossmer. He is also preceded by his brother John Gillette and his sister Ida Mae Wiersma.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Sally (David) Gillette-Jones of Antwerp, OH and his son, Thomas Gillette of Howell, MI. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Sara, Peter, Andrew and Charley, Four great grandchildren and his brother-in-law Ray Wiersma.
Jim was a fifth-generation active member of First Baptist Church in Niles, serving in a number of capacities and always generous with a strong back and a truck when needs arose in the congregation. He was also a lifelong farmer known for growing apples, grain and raising hogs.
Visitation for Jim will be on Friday, November 15, 2019 at First Baptist Church 1446 E. Main St. Niles from 10 am to 11 am. A funeral service will begin at 11 am in the church.
Burial will follow in Silverbrook Cemetery.
Arrangements have been made at Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home 615 E. Main St. Niles.
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