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John Ellis

John V. Ellis, 85, Goshen, Ind., formerly of LaGrange, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen.

    He was born June 7, 1928, in Arby, Ind., to Daniel E and Bertha I. (Mikesell) Ellis.

    Moving from Elkhart to the area in 1979, he was a tool and die maker at Machine Rite in LaGrange, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Nazarene Church and the UAW. He also served in the U.S. Army.

    He was married March 27, 1982, in Lynn, Ind., to Wilma L. Wurtsbaugh. She preceded him in death on December 30, 2011.

    Surviving are three daughters, Dixie L. Noble, Houston, Texas, Dianna L. Ellis, Las Vegas, Nev., and Valerie Cassity, Goshen, Ind.; one son, Richard E. Ellis, Traverse City, Mich.; two grandchildren, Jason Ellis and Cecilia Cassity; and one sister, Nilah K. Herm, Saginaw, Mich.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

    Graveside services were held Friday, July 26, at Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange was in charge of arrangements.