Page Ellison Gifford

February 12, 1946August 10, 2014

Page Ellison, Gifford, 68 of Columbus, died Sunday 8-10-14 at 12:30 p. m. in Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Page was born 2-12-46 in Indianapolis the son of Melvin R. and Katherine Lucille Ellison Gifford. He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1964, from Indiana University in 1968 and from in 1975 from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1975. During his service in the U. S. Army during the Viet Nam War, he received two Bronze Stars and his Combat Infantryman Badge. He later was employed by Arvin Industries and Duke Energy as corporate council. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, had served on the Columbus Parks and Recreation Board for 15 years, was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh and Governor Joseph Kiernan and to the Indiana Corporate Law Survey Commission and had received the award of the Sagamore of the Wabash. He enjoyed playing Bridge and reading.

He married Sara Beth Crays on 8-9-78 in Bloomington and she survives of Columbus. Other survivors include his sons, Justin (Caroline) Gifford, Indianapolis and Zach (Joshua Cobb) Gifford, Columbus; daughter, Lorraine (Tedd) Gilbert, Clinton, Miss.; grandchildren, Thomas Gifford, Indianapolis and Toby & Thad Gilbert, Clinton, Miss.; father-in-law, Thomas Delph; sisters-in-law, Carol Williams, Debbi Cox, Kim Freeman, Stephanie Haroldson and Angie Remaklus; brother-in-law Dane Danner. He was preceded in death by his father on 2-13-75, his mother on 1-16-05 and a brother –in-law, Bill Delph.

A celebration of life for Page will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Wounded Warrior program. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


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Frances Leedson

November 23, 2014

There was an empty chair at the VOGWOP meeting. We miss you Page!

Randy Barton

September 4, 2014

Page and I were SAE Pledge Brothers in 1964. Although I haven't seen Page since our IU days, I have good memories of him. When Page entered a room, he commanded the attention of everyone with his deep voice and almost theatrical manner of entry. Very forthright, you always knew his opinion on any issue. A genuinely good man.


Pat Crimmins

August 19, 2014

While at Arvin I could always enjoy a chat with Page! Always a welcoming smile. I will miss him.

August 16, 2014

Gif was a very good friend, pledge brother, lawyer, soldier, and I'm sure husband and father. I have fond memories of his gold pocket watches and chains woven through his infamous 3-piece suits which exemplified his personality, character, and friendship - all first class!
Rest in peace Gif,

Reid Lemasters

Larry & Sherrod Deputy

August 15, 2014

God bless Page and his family.
Gif was a pledge brother of great character and exceptional class. We will miss you Page!

August 15, 2014

Page and I were classmates at Muncie Central our Sophomore year. He was impressive even then, very smart, confidant and popular with all. We never connected after I moved to Muncie South, but I have often talked of him and his leadership qualities and wondered where he might be. Very sorry to learn of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. COL Dan Vannatter USA (Ret)

Rick Forst

August 14, 2014

A good man, a good fraternity brother, and a good American! Rest in peace, Gif!

Jeff Isel

August 14, 2014

A brother, a soldier and a True Gentleman. He will be dearly missed.

David Votaw

August 14, 2014

Met Gif as freshmen and SAE pledges in 1964; as mentioned, he was a no nonsense serious sort who was always dressed to the nines, but could bring a smile with his observations of fraternity life. I was glad to reconnect with him years after graduation and careers sent us all in different directions.


Milt Stewart

August 14, 2014

A good friend, brave soldier and diligent lawyer. He will be missed.