Ely, John

Written by David Green.

John Ely, 87, of W. Mulberry Road, Waldron, Mich., died Nov. 11, 2006, at his home.

He was born Sept. 20, 1919 in Fayette, Ohio, to Glenn M. and Clema M. (Winzeler) Ely. He married Doris Leininger on Nov. 11, 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio, and she survives.

John graduated from Fayette High School in 1937 and was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of Fayette United Methodist Church, Lime Creek Grange, Lenawee Pomona Grange, Michigan State Grange, Michigan Grange Campers, Farm Bureau, MMPA and Borderline Square Dancers in Morenci.

John served on the State Grange Executive Committee for 22 years, the Waldron School Board for 14 years and the Hillsdale Intermediate School Board for nine years. He was inducted into the Michigan Farmers Hall of Fame in 1994.

Besides his wife, John is survived by two sons, Ronald (and Cretta) Ely of Waldron and Keith (and Kathy) Ely of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kristine (and Ron) Witt of Cement City, Mich., Brenda (and Doug) Smelser of Dearborn, Mich., Michael (and Karen) Ely of Morenci and Karie Ely of Knoxville; six great-grandchildren, Jamie, Tara, Corey, Kylie and Austin, and one brother, Marvin (and Marjorie) Ely of Manitou Beach, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one great-granddaughter, Krista Sue Witt, in infancy.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eagle Funeral Home with Rev. Laura Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fayette United Methodist Church, Hospice of Great Lakes or Michigan State Grange.

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