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Raymond F. "Gilly" Gilmore

Raymond F. “Gilly” Gilmore, 73 of Gaylord, passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022 at Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital.

Born in Grayling on August 27, 1948, Ray was the son of Wayne G. and Maude M. (Benjamin) Gilmore. He grew up in Gaylord and was a 1966 graduate of Gaylord High School. He also attended Northern Michigan University.

Ray served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, serving in country for a year. Throughout his life he remained a proud veteran and staunch supporter of Vietnam veterans.

Ray was a longtime employee of Glen’s Markets, which in his last years became Family Fare. He was dedicated to his work and proud to reach his 50th anniversary with the stores, retiring after 52 years.

In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf, woodworking and working in his yard and flower gardens.

He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gaylord Elks lodge and an honorary member of Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Surviving are his children, Betsy (John) Neph of Bear Lake, Amanda Benjamin of Bethlehem, PA, Kristen (Corey) Rock of Grayling and Jason Gilmore of Grand Blanc; grandchildren, Sylvia, Johnny, Tyler, Landon, Camden and Jesse; his significant other, Donna Cavanaugh of Gaylord; sisters, Patricia (Dr. Richard) Knecht of Boise, ID and Barbara (Robert) Ususan of Vanderbilt; brothers, Martin (Cheryl) Gilmore of Spring Arbor and Ronald (Charlotte) Gilmore of Ormond Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Andrew Jacob Neph.

Arrangements are pending for a memorial gathering to be held in the spring. Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to VFW Post #1518 in Gaylord.

Please share your memories and personal messages with the family on his tribute wall.

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A candle was lit in memory of Raymond F. "Gilly" Gilmore

Sandy Miessner Jan 16 2022 12:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond F. "Gilly" Gilmore

MeriJo Jan 16 2022 6:46 AM

Dear Family,
I only knew this kind, friendly man from Glen's/Family Fare in Gaylord. He was so nice. I looked forward to seeing him when at the store. I missed him when he retired. We should all follow his
working example, which I am sure was really just the man he was. The world be a much better place to live in.
Prayers for you all.

Chy Jan 15 2022 11:13 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Ray was a great
Childhood friend and remained so into later years. Charlotte (Manville) & Joe Tebo

Charlotte & Joe Tebo Jan 14 2022 6:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond F. "Gilly" Gilmore

Pat Ledwick Jan 13 2022 12:27 PM

Sympathy to all the family.
Gilly was a great son in law

Pat Miessner Jan 13 2022 12:20 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond F. "Gilly" Gilmore

Pat Miessner Jan 13 2022 12:17 PM

Aww Ray, I'm going to miss your bear hugs and the many conversations we had.
Sleep with the Angels, Ray...sleep with the Angels

Mary Sawicki Freeman Jan 13 2022 11:22 AM

I had the honor of working with Ray at Glens for many years. Ray had a huge heart and was an inspiration to all of us who had the honor of knowing him Rest in Peace Ray

Mark Lamberies Jan 13 2022 10:15 AM

When I look at that smile it makes me think, there's a joke brewing in that head. Gilly loved to make people smile and loved even more to make you laugh. And, as so many others have shared, Ray was always at the front of the line to lend a helping a hand. God Bless our friend. You will always remain in my heart, mind and endless stories where you touched our life.

George Brown Jan 12 2022 6:53 PM

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