James Ray Gillespie

January 9, 1936 - May 17, 2022

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James R. Gillespie, 86, of Villa Hills, KY passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. He was a retired machinist with Leibel Florshim Manufacturing and afterward retired from Steidle Fabricating in Bromley, KY. Jim was a member of the Kenton Game and Fish Association was an avid reader, enjoyed playing pool, trap shooting, and golf. He was preceded in death by his first wife: Marilyn Joyce Hedges Gillespie and second wife: V. Lee Hassert Gillespie; grandson: Conner Ray Gillespie; 6 brothers and 1 sister. Jim is survived by his children: Daniel R. Gillespie and Holly S. Gillespie; sister: Mary Evea (Steve) Kiplinger and grandchildren: Dustin R., Haley S., and Tanner R. Gillespie. Visitation will take place at Connley Brothers Funeral Home, 11 East Southern Ave., Covington (Latonia), KY 41015 on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the Funeral Service at 12:00 PM (Noon). Interment: Mother of God Cemetery, Ft. Wright, KY. Memorials are suggested to the Kenton Game and Fish Association, 10501 Locust Pike, Covington, KY 41015. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at www.connleybrothersfuneralhome.com


Dan Hassert - May 23, 2022
Uncle Jim has to be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. From our standpoint, Aunt Lee was madly in love with him every second I saw them together, and the way he took care of Edward and Virginia was forever an inspiration. A good trap shooter too. Strength to Holly, Dan and his grandkids. -Dan H
Dawn Campo - May 21, 2022
Your Dad was such a special man that loved life to the fullest. He was always so positive and had such wonderful stories! May he rest in peace. Sending you hugs and love during these difficult days ahead. I hope you find peace in the memories that will live with you forever! 💜🙏
Helen Deyy - May 19, 2022
Holly,Dan,and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a special man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.

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