C. Michael "Mike" Ely

December 9, 1950December 22, 2012

ELY, C. Michael “Mike”, age 62 of Kettering, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Walnut Creek Nursing Center. Mike was born in Dayton on Saturday, December 9, 1950 to the late Charles B. and Frances M. Cruea Ely. He is survived by his brother, Mark Ely & his wife Gail; sisters, Mary Pancoast & her husband Jim and Marti Ely; nephews and nieces, Evan Ely, Josh (Jamie) Ely, Amanda (Ronnie) Cornett, Rob Pancoast, Andy Ely, and Hanna Pancoast; several other relatives, and many close and dear friends. Mike was a 1969 graduate of Fairmont West High School, attended Miami University, received an associate degree from Sinclair Community College and was a 1973 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Mike worked as a funeral director in the Dayton area before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 1980, where he was a sales rep. for several water treatment companies. He then moved back to Dayton in 1995 and was co-owner of IRD. Mike’s loves in life were his friends and the game of golf. All of our family would like to send a special “Thank you” to the doctors and staffs at Miami Valley Hospital and Walnut Creek Nursing Center. You are the greatest! Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME - FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429, with a Celebration of Mike’s Life at 7:00 p.m. Pastor Donald Payne will be officiating. Private interment in David’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mike’s memory may be made to Walnut Creek Nursing Center, 5070 Lamme Rd., Kettering, Ohio 45439. Condolences may be made to


  • Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2012

C. Michael "Mike" Ely

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Leslie Williamson Szumlic

January 1, 2014

I was just back in Kettering this last week and heard about Mike's death "through the grapevine". I had been friends with Mike during HIgh School as he was in lots of my classes. We also "double dated" (weird term) for prom our senior year. Lots of fun memories from the 60's! Then every "reunion" we would catch up! I considered Mike a long time good friend. We continued to stay in touch after the 2009 reunion & I appreciated his insights about people, his caring values that he had with maturity ( ha! ha! Mike was always a fun guy, but I think he became a better person with age!) I am saddened with his loss & that I didn't know he was sick. We got together usually when I was up from Fl. to visit family during the summers & after Christmas. I think we rang in the year of 2012! I last saw him the summer of 2012, and then we "lost touch". Now I know why.... Again, I share in the grief of losing a friend. God's blessings to his family. He really was a good man!

Robin Catri - Werner

December 3, 2013

Just found out about Mike - happen to look him up online to get in touch only to see this devastating news. My heart breaks for you and your family for this loss. All I keep thinking about is his great laugh - my days in Ft Lauderdale with him were always so much fun and he was such a big part of my life at that time - Oh this is just so sad and I am so sorry....

Mark Brainard

January 9, 2013

Just now found out about Mike's passing. Very sorry to hear. Sympathy to family. I have many fond memories of being with The Ely's family at their house in high school. They always made me feel like I had a second home. I'll never forget laughing with Mike so hard we couldn't catch our breath. Rest well buddy.

January 8, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed the slideshow of snipits of Mike throughout his life and yours. One thing kept reappearing, the smile. Another hard loss has hit your family. Please know others share your grief
and realize how big a loss Mike's absence will be in your life. You remain in our prayers....Carol & Paul Iles

January 2, 2013

Marti & family~
May the loving memories of your brother Mike endure and stay with you forever.
God Bless,
Julie & Niles

Maida McCoy

December 28, 2012

I only got to know Mike for a short time,but I'm glad our paths crossed and I got to care for one of Gods bravest angel,I will remember our talks as I sat holding your hand the last few days you where here,to your family I'm sorry for the pain your feeling with Mikes passing.Remember he loves you all,and thanks you for always being there for him.

December 28, 2012

Dear Marti and Mark,
We are very sad to hear of your loss! Even though we did not know Mike personally we are sure he was just as an amazing and caring person as the two of you. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Cynthia and Scott Timmer

December 27, 2012

Sorry to of your brother's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Brian R. James

Jerry Rose

December 27, 2012

Very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Went on several golf trips with him and his friends. Always had a great time. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family. Jerry Rose / Friend of Tom Baker

Karen Hendricks

December 27, 2012

Dear Mark, Mary and Marti,
I am out of the country and cannot join you in celebrating Mike's life. I will always remember his exuberant greetings and his ease in all social gatherings, from somber funerals to family reunions to parties. I am sorry for your loss. With love,