Bruce Edward Ely

October 3, 1930June 11, 2018

Bruce Edward Ely, 87, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018. Born in Lansing, Michigan to Harlo and Juanita (Thomas) Ely on October 3, 1930, Bruce graduated from Dimondale High School and worked for 30 years at GM. He also started his own excavating business which he ran from 1962-1987, and enjoyed using his bulldozer so much that he voluntarily bulldozed for church building projections at both St. Therese in Lansing and Catholic Community of St. Jude in DeWitt. He and his wife, Dorothy, opened and operated an antique store in downtown DeWitt for many years. Bruce loved to bowl at Royal Scot, go fishing, play cards, especially euchre and rummy, and travel with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, his son, Eric, and his bother Donald Ely.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Joan Ely, Joy Ely, Gail Ely, Doug (Barb) Ely, Ralph (Kris) Ely, Karla Ely, Carl (Patti) Ely, Sharon (Greg) Linder, Ned Ely, Doris (Calvin) Badgley, Kevin (Patricia) Ely, Tim (Jean) Ely; 25 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Ruth Cortright, Ann Horstmeyer, Linda Ely, Paul Ely, and Sue Ely.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 11am at Catholic Community of St. Jude, 801 N. Bridge St., DeWitt. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at church, and on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel, 205 E. Washington St., DeWitt from 2pm until 4pm and again from 6pm until 8pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Community of St. Jude Building Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Catholic Community of St. Jude Building Fund


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bruce Edward Ely

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Sandy Woods

June 20, 2018

Our our loving thoughts and prayers are with my sister, Pat, and Kevin Ely, and the Ely family, as their father, is laid to rest today. Bruce, Popsie, Ely was a dear man with a wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed.

Bill Semrau

June 17, 2018

To Doug & Barb, family & cousins,
We extend our sympathy and prayers to you as you say "good bye".
There is quite a legacy of love for family and strong work ethic that Bruce has instilled in the Ely's.
Wishing you the confidence through Faith that he is with our Loving Father in Heaven and to share in the Hope that we will be united again.
-Bill & Kristil