Obituaries

Thomas Jefferson
B: 1942-04-04
D: 2017-04-22
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Jefferson, Thomas
Benjamin Manoa
B: 1991-01-01
D: 2017-04-22
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Manoa, Benjamin
Vivian McGowan
B: 1946-09-07
D: 2017-04-20
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McGowan, Vivian
Beverly Little-Palmer
B: 1957-12-04
D: 2017-04-18
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Little-Palmer, Beverly
Jalen Michael
B: 1993-06-11
D: 2017-04-14
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Michael, Jalen
Rosa Mayberry
B: 1942-09-14
D: 2017-04-12
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Mayberry, Rosa
Charles Sumrell
B: 1965-11-03
D: 2017-04-12
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Sumrell, Charles
Aden Sanders
B: 2017-02-01
D: 2017-04-11
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Sanders, Aden
Britney Thomas
B: 1987-01-02
D: 2017-04-11
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Thomas, Britney
Dana Patterson
B: 1983-09-08
D: 2017-04-09
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Patterson, Dana
Robert Fitzpatrick, Jr.
B: 1952-07-07
D: 2017-04-02
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Fitzpatrick, Jr., Robert
Merciglory Wilondja
B: 2017-01-13
D: 2017-04-01
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Wilondja, Merciglory
Julius Vinson, III
B: 1991-08-31
D: 2017-04-01
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Vinson, III, Julius
Lucie Kilgore
B: 1930-11-09
D: 2017-03-28
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Kilgore, Lucie
Gregory Rosser
B: 1961-04-15
D: 2017-03-28
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Rosser, Gregory
Darrell Foxworth
B: 1957-08-03
D: 2017-03-27
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Foxworth, Darrell
Daniel Caldwell
B: 1958-11-30
D: 2017-03-27
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Caldwell, Daniel
William Shropshire
B: 1933-09-19
D: 2017-03-23
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Shropshire, William
Bette Moody
B: 1951-11-24
D: 2017-03-22
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Moody, Bette
Mildred McSwain
B: 1944-07-11
D: 2017-03-21
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McSwain, Mildred
Ameyiah Peoples
B: 2002-10-28
D: 2017-03-21
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Peoples, Ameyiah

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1865 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Phone: 616-241-5665
Fax: 616-241-5247

Our Facilities

We have made every effort to make our facility comfortable, while providing families a respectful, especially dignified place in which to commemorate the life of a loved one. Browse our gallery of location images, or stop by our offices. If you wish a personal tour of our facility, we ask that you call us to set an appointment.

Main Chapel - Front View
Our main chapel located in the center of our building and has a seating capacity of 232.  This room is utilized for funeral services, memorial services and public visitations.  

Main Chapel - Southside
Our Main Chapel offers three separate entrances for the convenience of our patrons.  Giving our families the ability to welcome many family and friends.

Main Chapel - Northside
While in our main chapel families feel at ease and comfortable.  They are free to move around and visit with each other while offering adequate seating during services.

Main Chapel - East View

West Chapel - South View
Our West Chapel offers a more intimate setting for our families.  It offers less seating than our main chapel with the option to personalize the space during visitation.

West Chapel - West View
The West Chapel viewing room offers our families the comforts of home during their visitation as they welcome they're family friends.

West Chapel - South View 2
The West Chapel is very spacious and offers the capacity to allow for family and friends to move around in comfort.

West Chapel - West View 2

Arrangement Room - Casket Selection
Our comfortable arrangement rooms offer a variety of caskets for our families to see, touch and choose from.  

Arrangement Room - View 2
While meeting with one of our friendly and professional family service coordinators, families are offered a variety of services and choices best suited for their needs.

Arrangement Room

Arrangement Room - View 3

North Chapel
For families requiring something more private, our North Chapel viewing room is set up for intimate visitations.  While still offering the same level of comfort.

Memorial Room
The Memorial Room was designed in memory of the late Ivy K. Gillespie.  She and Sherman began his dream of serving their community in 1986.  Upon the relocation and grand re-opening of Gillespie Funeral Services, Inc., Mr. Gillespie dedicated this room in memory of his late wife, Ivy K. Gillespie.  Thus the renaming of the current location, Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel.  

Memorial Room - View 2

Angela, Sian, Brooke
Husband and wife Sian and Angela Gillespie and their sister Brooke Gillespie are the team in which the families will make initial contact with throughout their experience here at Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel.

Funeral Director, Sian S.D. Gillespie and his team (left to right) Terry Smith, Darnell LaGrone, Robert Brown and Gregory Beckley are who the families can turn to during the days of visitation, funeral and memorial services.

The Team
The team of Ivy K. Gillespie Memorial Chapel, led by Funeral Director, Sian S.D. Gillespie, are gratefully here to serve our community in the loving, compassionate and respectful manor in which we were based.  

Our Fleet
Our fleet of vehicles are maintained and comfortable and consist of The Presidential Hearse, The Presidential Limousine which seats 7 adults comfortably, 2 Cadillac Sedans which seat 4 adults, and Town and Country Chrysler