Pastor Ray Ditch, a 50-year resident of Gillespie, is turning 90 years old on July 13 this year.
In December of 1965, Ray and his wife Pat and their family moved to Gillespie from the St. Louis area to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church. He retired as senior pastor there in 2005 and served an additional 10 years as Pastor Emeritus.
He has lived with his daughter and son-in-law since the fall of 2015.
The family is asking for his local friends and acquaintances to contact him any time from now until the end of the year and just brighten his day or let him brighten their day.
Maybe you can remind him of a special memory you share with him from when he lived there. His current address is: 287 1171st Street, Middletown, IL 62666 and phone number is: 217-445-2888.
He would love to hear from you!
He is still active, mostly attending church and taking fishing trips. He enjoys gardening and crossword puzzles to keep his mind sharp.