Ivan G. Ellison, 83, of Caldwell, passed away Sunday evening (Oct. 7, 2012) at the Summit Acres Nursing and Rehab.
He was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Noble County, a son of the late Roy and Cora Leonard Ellison.
Ivan served and protected his country in the US Army, he attended the Caldwell United Methodist Church and could often be seen tending to the neighbors and many other yards around Caldwell. He retired from the former DANA Plant in Caldwell after many years of service. One of his greatest joys in life was spending time with his grandchildren, especially giving them lawn tractor rides.
Ivan was a very active Mason and was a past master and 50 plus year member of Sharon Lodge #136 F & AM and was a plural and honorary member to several additional Lodges around the area. He was a 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite Valley of Cambridge and a 50 plus year member of the Grand Commandery of Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Opal Wiley, Ruby King and Marjorie Gordon; one brother, Dale Ellison.
He will be missed by his family, wife Betty Irene Lowery Ellison of the home, whom he married May 25, 1963; two sons, Jeff (Amy) Ellison of Columbus and Bill Ellison of Newport; four grandchildren, Faith Ann Ellison, Cooper Steele Ellison, Ronnie Early and Lashley Early; three great-grandchildren, Lilly Poling, Camron Early and Keenon Early; one sister, Carol (Harold) Haga of Caldwell. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and friends.
Friends will be received Wednesday (Oct. 10, 2012) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724, with Masonic services conducted at 7:45 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday (Oct. 11, 2012) at 2 p.m. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Pickenpaugh officiating. Burial will follow in Sharon Cemetery with military graveside services conducted by the Noble County Veteran Service Organizations.
To send a sympathy card or leave words of comfort for the family, please visit the funeral home's website at www.ChandlerFuneralHome.net