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Kim Paul "Slim" Gillen

Slim-isms: I’ll decide!

Hackin’ a path thru the jungle of life with a dull machete.

Wind ‘er tight!

Zing! There goes the egg money.

Are you happy – H-A-P-P-Y?

It’s succulent!

You got the talkin’ part done.

There’s a bulletin.

Slim could say any one of these phrases and the room would erupt with laughter. He had the comic delivery and the knowing grin that drew everyone he met into the party. You may enter a stranger, but you wouldn’t leave as one.

On December 7, 2015, at 4:30 a.m., at his home in Seminole, Florida, Kim left our world surrounded by family and friends, who will miss him dearly. Slim’s friends and their now grown children have a multitude of stories about the great times and adventures they had with him.

Kim was known to everyone as Slim and his working life was a stream of always successful, but varied business ventures. After graduating from Evergreen High School in Metamora, Ohio, he worked as a carpenter and followed that with owning Slim’s Inn Tavern in Metamora, Ohio, which he ran for 20+ years, a bait shop in Florida, another bar and carry-out in Bowling Green, then back to Florida for a Buy-Sell store, a miniature toy business, a pizza shop, and a vending machine service. Slim could analyze a business opportunity and know if it would pay-off by doing the computing in his head.

Kim was pre-deceased by his parents, Paul and Mildred Gillen and sister, Kathleen Hawkins. He is survived by aunts, Dawn Knisel, Maumee, Ohio, and Bridget Demaline of Arizona and 18 cousins. Special memories are in the hearts of his cousins Mary Jo, Mike and Blair Griewahn, Tony, Barbara and Zachary Nykodym, friends Jeff Truckor, Tom Ott, Nancy Lumbrezer, Michelle Ford, and special friend Mary Grimes – all who were with him with him in that last sad week.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 15th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora (419.644.3601), where a Vigil Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Resurrection will be begin at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s CWV Post 306, P.O. Box A, Metamora, OH 43540, Metamora-Amboy Fire Department-251 Mill St., Metamora, OH 43540, or Holy Trinity Catholic Church-2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.weigelfuneralhomes.com

We have to end with a final “Slim-ism”: Why can’t we all just get along? Kim/Slim you left a gaping hole in the lives of everyone you touched.

Residence: Seminole, Florida, formerly of Metamora, Ohio

Visitation: Tuesday, December 15th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora

Mass of Resurrection: Wednesday, December 16th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption

Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery in Assumption

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So sorry to hear of the loss of Slim, you will be missed my friend.

Marty Miller Dec 16 2015 12:00 AM

Sending prayers for all of Kim's family and friends. He was such a sweet man and the memories we have of him will be with us always. Deepest Sympathy. I know he is checking in on my Brother, Kenny who just passed away also. They are both in God's loving arms. Sincerely, John and Marianne Gleckler

John and Marianne Gleckler Dec 15 2015 12:00 AM

Condolences to family and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Slim. He made everything seem better and happier when he entered the room. We certainly enjoyed his company when we had the opportunity to be with him. Missed so much, already. Hal & MaryLou Kaser

Hal & MaryLou Kaser Dec 15 2015 12:00 AM

You will be missed old friend and neighbor...another one of the good ones gone too soon - Godspeed dear friend. Our deepest sympathy, Eddie & Brenda

Eddie & Brenda Buck Dec 15 2015 12:00 AM

We Wish all of Slim's family and friends Peace through this difficult time. It seems fitting to us that we met Slim in Treasure Island because what a TREASURE he was! He will be dearly missed by all. Tim and Kim

Tim and Kim Richards Dec 15 2015 12:00 AM

Our prayers and condolences to Kim's family and friends. Even though I haven't seen him in the past few years, when we did meet up, we enjoyed reminiscing about the past. He will surely be missed. Sincerely, Ken and Janet Buck

Ken and Janet Buck Dec 14 2015 12:00 AM

The sweetest guy with the most wonderful smile. Your Slim-isms will never be forgotten...you always made us H-A-P-P-Y....:) We will miss you.Sending love and prayers. Love, Cary and Janeen

Cary and Janeen Iffland Dec 12 2015 12:00 AM

Slim buddy, I will never forget you! You are such a very special man and I am so glad I got to meet you! All the days that I got to spend with you always were some of my brightest! I enjoyed so much having our talks and getting to know one another, you became a big part of my life and it is so sad to lose you so soon. You, your family and friends are all in my prayers! "Two In The Shed" XOXOXOXOXOXO

Robyn Leal Dec 12 2015 12:00 AM

Condolences to all of Slim's family and friends. May God give you comfort and peace in the wonderful memories of the fun times you shared with him. Thoughts of Slim, his enjoyment of life and humor and wit will always bring a smile. His memory will remain with a favorite Slim-ism "You got the talkin' part done". Sincere sympathy. Tim and Arlene Stanifer

Tim and Arlene Stanifer Dec 12 2015 12:00 AM

What a great tribute to such a great man! Always. A smile, and a funny saying, who would have known when we met you 30 some years ago, that we would become friends with your cousins, which in turn renewed our friendship with you. We enjoyed every visit we had with you, being in Florida, or seeing you in Monroe at the boat club. I'm glad we got to enjoy a cruise with you, we still reminisce about all the fun and laughter that we had. May you rest in peace Slim!

Gil and Linda Palm Dec 11 2015 12:00 AM

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