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Frederic  M. Gillette, Jr.
  • Barn Theatre School For Advanced Theatre Training
    13351 M-96
    Augusta, MI 49012

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“Dear Sarah,I was shocked to read of Fred's passing in a program while attending the Barn theatre this past week. I did not know until then. I'm so...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Allan Boughton - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sarah, you don't know me, but I knew your husband years ago when I was a young lad in Albion. Fred Sr built a garage and sun room attached to our...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Donald Hawkins - Goodyear, AZ

“Remember talking with him and several others at Gull United Methodist Church at coffee after the service on Sundays. My condolences to the family. ”
3 of 27 | Posted by: Tim Stamm - Augusta, MI

“When Fred and his family moved across the street from me in Marshall, we began carpooling to the FedCen. Once, he reminisced about his days as a...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Grzeskowiak - Dexter, MI

“Sarah, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family during this time. May the memories of times gone by with Fred bring you comfort. ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Heidi Rawson - Coldwater, MI

“A difficult time for both of you has come to an end and I am praying for you as you find rest and peace in the days ahead. Len Schoenherr ”
6 of 27 | Posted by: Len Schoenherr - Kalamazoo, MI

“Sarah and family, I'm so,very sorry to hear of Fred,my thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred,will be missed ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Holbrook - skalski - MI

“Fred hired me into the Fed. Ctr. I worked as his secretary for a couple of years. He always made me feel good about working for him. Our inside joke...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: LouAnn Herr - Battle Creek, MI

“Sorry for your loss. ~Valdean Kirkland ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Valdean Kirkland - Battle Creek, MI

“I was saddened to hear of Fred's passing. I worked with Fred at the Federal Center many years and enjoyed seeing him in the summers at the Barn...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Sandra Parks - Lady Lake, FL

“I've always had fond memories of Freddie (as I remember him) -- a very happy, friendly kid; fellow pupil at a one-room country school and member of...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Farley - DuPont, WA

“Sarah, please know I am thinking of you. I know there are no words that can ease what you are feeling. Someone had said to me,"Do not be sad because...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Joubert - Oshkosh, WI

“I remember when Fred acquired his first two wheel bicycle. I lived next door and he could ride it to my house. In the country this was about six...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Chuck Huffman - Bath Mills, MI

“So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones. May he rest in peace. ”
14 of 27 | Posted by: Richard Maison - Battle Creek,, MI

“Dear Sarah and FamilyWe are so so sorry for you loss and know that he will be running the theatre in heaven. He was a great friend and work mate...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Colleen & Bob Reynolds - Bellevue, MI

“Dear Sarah,So sorry for this great loss in your life. I'm keeping you in my prayers.God's peace be with you,Kathy Hippensteel ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Hippensteel - Coworker

“I worked with Fred at the Federal Center for many years, and enjoyed getting to know him. I always knew he had a passion for the theater because he...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Green - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Sarah, My heart goes out to you in your great loss. I have long admired Fred for his talent in set design and construction. It was always joy...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Kathleen Strang - Battle Creek, MI

“I'm so saddened by Fred's passing. I was glad to know him as a friend. I met him many years ago and stayed connected through the Barn Theater. He had...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Schauer - Battle Creek, MI

“Sarah, my prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Pat Bromberek

“God's peace be with you and family, Sarah. Fred was such a blessing to me at Maple UMC. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: Kathy Cadarette - Reed City, MI

“Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. If there is ever a time that you find yourself in the East Jordan area, please feel free to look us up. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Pastor Craig Pahl - East Jordan, MI

“Sarah you and your family will be in our prayers. We ask for God to bring you peace and comfort in this tender time. Jim Stilwell ”
23 of 27 | Posted by: Jim Stilwell - Three Rivers, MI

“I was lucky enough to meet Fred 30 years ago when I got back into theater and did Arsenic and Old Lace at the Civic Theater. From then on, I loved...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Tim Greenman - Battle Creek, MI

“Fred was a dear friend. Together we created so many theatrical Experiences .....he was a joy to work with...even when we disagreed..He was the...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Dusty Reeds - Richland, MI

“Sarah, I am so sorry for your terrible loss. Fred was such a kind and gentle man. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
26 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Hachmeister (now Hougland) - FL

“Sarah, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Claire & David Hills - MI

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Frederic M. Gillette Jr., 71, of Augusta, died Monday, March 28, 2016, after a short illness. He was born on June 14, 1944, to Frederick Sr. and Jerrine Gillette of Albion.

A graduate of Albion High School, Fred enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served his country as an air craft mechanic from 1962-1970, including being deployed to Vietnam for a one year tour of duty. Following his military career, Fred worked as an aircraft mechanic at the Michigan Air National Guard, Battle Creek, and retired after 20 years of service as a Division Chief for Air Force Cataloging and Standardization Center at the Battle Creek Federal Center.

Though he retired from his career at the Federal Center, Fred wasn't content to be idle. Extremely talented with a hammer, nails and other tools, Fred worked for a number of years as the technical director at the Barn Theatre in Augusta, as well as various theatres in the Marshall, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas. In addition to his expertise in technical directing and building sets, Fred was a beloved mentor and friend to the many apprentices who crossed his path at the Barn Theatre.

He met his wife, Sarah, while volunteering at the Marshall Civic Theatre and they were married there on September 1, 1984. Throughout their marriage, they shared a love of the theatre, which was obvious to anyone who knew them.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; sons Frederick III (Joellen), Christopher (Marcie) and Eric; daughter Deborah Gillette Eberhard; 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; his mother, Jerrine Gillette of Marshall; his sister, Peggy Domingo; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and a sister, Deborah Gillette.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 4-7 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Augusta Chapel, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6. Interment with full military honors will follow at the Fort Custer National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and The Barn Theatre School of Advanced Theatrical Training. Personal messages for the family may be placed at