Gillespie, Allen

Written by David Green.

Allen Dale Gillespie, 44, of Sand Creek Hwy., Sand Creek, Mich., died Aug. 29, 2006 at his home.

He was born Aug. 8, 1962 in Morenci, Mich., to Lyle and Mary Ann (Double) Gillespie.

Allen graduated from Morenci High School in 1980. He was a self-employed farmer. He enjoyed traveling and country western music.

Allen is survived by his parents of Sand Creek; one sister, Maliea Pate of Morenci and one nephew, Alex Pate.

Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci with Pastor Aaron Deline officiating. Visitation is planned from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lenawee County.

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