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Charles Norman "Chuck" Gilmer

Charles Norman "Chuck" Gilmer
  • November 18, 1943 - April 7, 2018
  • Augusta, Michigan

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“Forever in my heart! I miss you. Your smile could always influence me and your love was deep. Thank you for loving me. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Keli Weinberg - Seminole, FL


2 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Farrell - Battle Creek, MI

“Cindy, Don, and Lynn and family, so sorry to hear about Chuck, we knew a lot about him through Amy and Jason, based on what they told us he had to...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Tom and Rhonda Smith - Galesburg, MI

“The poet Robert Frost once said, "There are 2 kinds of people, those who have something to say but don't get it all said and those who have little to...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Steve Marinch

“Cindy, we were so sorry to hear of Chuck's death. We still can't thank you both enough for your friendship during Mom and Dad's final years. He was a...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Cindy, I am so sorry to learn of Chuck's passing.I remember like it was yesterday, how the two of you would bring your motor home to Homespun and...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Debra OConnell - Battle Creek, MI

“Just heard of Chucks passing. Sending prayers to the family. When we were trying to fence our pastures he offered the use of a tractor with an augar...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Shay and Roger Weirick - Columbus, OH

“I am so sorry to see this Cindy. A good man is looking down from Heaven watching over you now. May Chuck Rest In Peace. My prayers are with you and...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Craig Rice - Clinton, TN

“Cindy, So very, very sorry for your loss. Chuck was a great and very lucky guy, he won your heart. Prayers to you and your family . ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Janie Strong (Underwood) - FL

“I have always enjoyed Chuck's company and intriguing conversations whether we sat on a porch or one of Chuck Cindy's favorite restaurants. Chuck...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Wessels - Lakewood, CO

“Cindy & Family,So saddened to learn of Chuck's passing. Always enjoyed his upbeat, friendly, adventurous spirit and hearing of his many projects. He...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Lynn Gray - Battle Creek, MI

“Sweet Cindy, How often you and Chuck were in our thoughts and prayers--we're just so sorry that we didn't make it to your home to visit. We just were...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Ann and Al Bobrofsky - MI

“Dear Cindy - I was saddened to hear about chucks death from rob & Jackie hope. You both were such great hosts for the Kellogg high reunions at...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Nancy Smith - Cassopolis, MI

“What I remember is how hard working Chuck and his wife Cindy have always been; they are also very gracious and had our class reunion at their home. ...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Rob Hope - Bonita Springs, FL

“Love you Papa. Thank you for the great years we had in Colorado. Thank you for taking me in and teaching me a good work ethic. We did a lot of...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Robert LaParl - Nashville, MI

“Just a couple of things most of his classmates didnt know about Chuck. IQ-wise, Chuck was one of the smartest kids, if not the smartest, in our class...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Walt Gorsline - Tarpon Springs, FL


Charles "Chuck" Norman Gilmer, 74, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, April 7, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He fought a long battle with MDS with great courage. Chuck was born on November 18, 1943 in Battle Creek, the oldest of four sons born to the late Howard and Genevieve (Raymer) Gilmer. He grew up on the family farm: Hillcrest Orchards in Augusta. He graduated from Kellogg High School In 1961 and went on to Michigan State University. He came home and found his career at the orchard with his father until his dad's retirement. He then purchased the orchard from his dad and operated it for over 30 years until his own retirement. He loved the land and spent his life caring for it.

Chuck was united in marriage to the love of his life Cynthia (Cindy) Wood on May 25, 1984 on the top of a mountain at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA, and they enjoyed thirty-four years together. They also owned and operated Homespun Restaurants in Battle Creek until 2000. Chuck was an intelligent, creative, and endlessly curious man. He was always planning his next project or working on his farming equipment. He enjoyed the daily challenges of business. He made notes about all kinds of things on the little notepad he always carried in his front pocket. He loved to figure out how things worked, he was well read and well informed. Because of his work ethic and desire for getting things done right, he inspired others. He was much loved by many of those he mentored and worked with, as evidenced by their calls and visits during his last days. Chuck's adventurous spirit led him to flying at an early age, skiing all across the country with Cindy, family and friends. They went on motorhome journeys to new destinations as often as they could. He was most proud of the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and all others he was able to help throughout his life.

He is survived by Cindy, two daughters Vicki (Dan) Wessels and their children David and Brittany Wessels, Lisa Gilmer and her children, Ryan and Cameryn Hoerdemann, four great-grandchildren all of Colorado. He is also survived by two step-daughters Keli Weinberg of Florida and Kim Juarez of Battle Creek, and a special grandson Robert La Parl Additional survivors include his three remaining brothers and their spouses: Don and Lynn Gilmer of Augusta, Jim and Sandy Gilmer of Colorado, and Tom and Diana Gilmer of Otsego, and two step-sisters Susan Cornett of Grand Rapids and Diane (Danny) Venditti of Canada. He also has several nieces and nephews including a special nephew Jason Gilmer.

Chuck was cremated and his cremains will be placed in the family columbarium in Augusta Cemetery. There will be no visitation or formal services but there will be a Celebration of Chuck's Life on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blue Stem; Stoatin Brae Golf Course, 15579 E. Augusta Drive, Augusta, Ml 49012 for friends to visit with Cindy and the family. They all would like to express their gratitude for the many kindnesses extended to them during this difficult time.

Memorial Contributions may be made to either the Battle Creek Cancer Center or St.
Jude's Children's Hospital. Arrangements are by Farley-Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.