OBITUARY

Donald James Ellis

August 8, 1936July 21, 2013

ELLIS, Donald J. – Age 76, of Grand Blanc, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 at his home. Mr. Ellis was born August 8, 1936 in Flint the son of Paul and Anna Ellis. He served his country in the U.S. Army with the Alaska C&A Team. Donald was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where he served as an usher. He was a graduate of University of Michigan in Flint and did his post graduate work at Central Michigan University. Mr. Ellis was a member of U. of M. Alumni Association, life member BPOE Elks 222, and a life member, past president and board member of the Old Newsboys of Flint. Donald was also a member of K. of C. Council #11532 3rd degree and K. of C. Council #0510 4th degree. For many years Don was a tailgater at U. of M. football games and he enjoyed golf, gardening, big band and jazz music. He had worked as an administrator for Bath and Body Elements and World Bead Company. He was the owner of Maxfield Cook Inc., in Glenn Arbor, MI., and retired from General Motors after 32 years of service. On June 13, 1959 Donald married JoAnn Milliman and she survives him. Also surviving are children, Matthew (Cathy) Ellis, Dianna (Dean) Bruce; grandchildren, Spencer, Cameron, Sydney and Lyndsey; sister, Elizabeth (Russ) Kipp of California. Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Anna Ellis and his brother, Paul Ellis. Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hill Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6336 Roberta, Burton, MI. Father Carl A. Simon will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Old Newsboys or EZRA building fund for Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 23, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Donald James Ellis

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Bob Jacoby

July 27, 2013

Dear JoAnn and Family,
I worked with Don at Buick Motor Div.,
in fact he was one of my first supervisor's. He was a great guy and I'll never forget about the conversations we had about big band music. Don was a tribute to all who
knew him. You and your family are in
my prayers. Bob Jacoby

Rosemary Godbey (Jasinski)

July 26, 2013

Matt and Cathy,
So sorry to hear about your father. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Mary Olds

July 24, 2013

Dear Matt, We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Love Mark, Mary Lou, Mark & Marcella Olds

Heather Alger

July 23, 2013

Dear JoAnn, Dianna, and Matthew,

I am sorry for your loss. How lucky am I to have known Don? He always made me feel like a part of the family. I have many happy memories with you all and was just reminiscing about UofM tailgates with Don. He was proud of me when I finished my degree there.

I know your memories will help through this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Love,
Heather Duncan Alger

July 23, 2013

Aunt JoAnn, Matthew, Diane,
My heartfelt sympathy to you. It was so nice to see you both recently and it lifted our spirits visiting with you. As I look back on my childhood I have great memories of parties and cookouts we enjoyed at the Rochester home. His sense of humor is something I will always remember!
God Bless, and know you're in our prayers.
Nephew, Jeff Milliman

Jeff Milliman

July 23, 2013

Aunt JoAnn, Matthew, Diane,
My heartfelt sympathy to you. It was so nice to see you both recently and it lifted our spirits visiting with you. As I look back on my childhood I have great memories of parties and cookouts we enjoyed at the Rochester home. His sense of humor is something I will always remember!
God Bless, and know you're in our prayers.
Nephew, Jeff Milliman

Cousin, Kathy Tolan

July 23, 2013

To JoAnn and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cousin DJ Domstead

July 23, 2013

Dearest JoAnn, Dianne and Matthew- I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing from Libby yesterday evening. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY