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May be made to Mary Gidely
to offset medical and funeral expenses
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Life Story / Obituary
John Richard Gidley 56 of Traverse City, formerly of Otisville and Flint lost his life to cancer on August 17th 2014 at home surrounded by his family. John was born, October 12th, 1957 in Flint to John and Phyllis (Wearne) Gidley. He graduated from Lakeville High School. He married Mary Ellen Pence on December 1, 1995 in Traverse City, Michigan. John was a builder and contractor. You could always count on John; he was very dependable, He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed spending time outside with family and friends. John loved and his heart was at the Keweenaw Peninsula. He is survived by his wife, Mary Gidley; daughters, Tiffany (Daniel) Hopkins, Rachel Collier and Cynthia Gidley; son, Ray Gidley; grandchildren, Lynnea and John Pence; mother-in-law, Janet Chamberlain; who he called Mom; brothers-in-law, Clancy (Rachel) Pence, Pete (Sasha) Pence, Tim Pence, John (Michelle) Pence, Ken Cooper and Justin (Lisa) Cooper; and sisters-in-law; Katie (Bob) Youmans, Terri (Rick) DuVall and Kymberly (Pat) Smith; uncles; aunts; cousins; nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his, parents, John and Phyllis Gidley and sister, Bethany A. Collier. An informal gathering with family and friends will be held from 2pm to 5pm, today, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City. A funeral service will be held at 5pm. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to sign the guest book and share a message with his family. Memorial Contributions may be made to his wife, Mary Gidley to help offset medical and funeral expense.