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Jack H. Gillow

April 7, 1928 August 22, 2008
Jack H. Gillow
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Obituary for Jack H. Gillow

Jack H. Gillow, age 80, passed away on Friday, August 22, at home with his family after a long, hard fight against cancer. Jack and his wife of 56 years, Jacqueline, recently moved to Cedar Springs to be next door to their daughter, Kim Gillow and Mary Balon.

He was a lifelong resident of Milford, Michigan. Growing up, he worked along side his father in the family construction business � �If it�s made of wood, we can make it,� was their motto. In addition to their work throughout Southeast Michigan, Jack & his father remodeled a number a number of churches and businesses within the Village of Milford. During the Korean Conflict, Jack committed his talents as a builder, serving with the 44th Engineering Battalion of the U.S. Army as a Sergeant, building bridges. On August 23, 1952, he married his beloved Jacqueline in the Battle Creek Presbyterian Church. The couple returned to Milford where Jack served as Postmaster for 25 years and �Jackie� taught school.

Jack was a true community servant, always willing to pitch in and do his part. He was active with the Huron River Clean Up and helped build the log cabin in the South Side Park on Huron Street in Milford. He served on the Huron Valley School Board of Education as Secretary and on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce. He worked with Huron Valley Youth Assistance and the Oakland County Board and was honored as Citizen of the Year in Milford. He served as President of the Michigan Chapter of the National Postmasters Association (NPMA) and on the board of the Naval Academy always bringing his talents for focus and concentration to bear on whatever work was at hand.
In addition to his beloved wife, Jack is survived by his daughter, Kim (Mary Balon) Gillow of Cedar Springs, his son Henry (Kate) Gillow-Wiles of Monroe, Oregon; grandchildren Miriam, Jack and Alex Gillow-Wiles; his favorite sister in law, Phyllis Fuller of Austin, TX; several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends who join with his family in mourning his death and giving thanks for his life among them.

A Memorial to celebrate Jack�s life will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Sunday, September 7, at 1 PM. Friends may gather an hour before the service. Memorials are encouraged to the Milford High School General Scholarship Fund c/o Chellie Francis, 2380 S. Milford Rd., Highland, MI 48357. For further information please phone 248-684-6645.


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