Marvin E. Ely, 84, of Manitou Beach, Mich., and Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Morenci, Mich., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in Winter Haven, Fla.
Marvin was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Zone, Ohio, the son of Glen and Clema (Winzler) Ely. On Sept. 14, 1947, he married Marty Keller and she survives.
He graduated from Fayette High School and attended Michigan State College to study agriculture.
Marvin was a farmer in the Waldron area. He bought and sold poultry, delivering them to a Detroit market for seven years. He and his wife moved to Morenci in 1952 and helped establish the Keller Supply Corporation and a John Deere farm implement dealership where he headed the parts and bookkeeping departments. The business closed in 1993, at which time the Elys moved to Manitou Beach.
Marvin had a special love for the home on Devils Lake which they built as a cottage after the 1965 tornado and remodeled into a permanent home in 1994. They bought their first mobile home near Winter Haven in 1977 when they started going to Florida two months each year. Eventually their time in Florida stretched to six months every year.
Besides his wife, Marvin is survived by his children, Karen (and Douglas) Londo of McCormick, S.C., Janet (and Greg) Sprague of Adrian, and Terry (and Mary) Ely of Wauseon, Ohio; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John Ely.
He was a member of the Morenci United Methodist Church where he was once Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of the Trustees and the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, and an associate member of the Haines City (Fla.) United Methodist Church.
He served as Worshipful Master of the Morenci Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, now merged with the Fairfield Lodge #125. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Morenci United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Keller and Rev. Richard Burstall officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with a Masonic ceremony at 8:40 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci United Methodist Church.