Our firecracker father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Albert Earl Ellis, 99 3/4 of Allenton passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2024 peacefully in his sleep.

He was born to Herman and Jessie Ellis on July 6, 1924. He married the love of his life, Delores Karash, on May 29, 1948, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Richmond.

Earl was employed by Fisher Body for 30 years before retiring in 1977. The fact that Earl was retired longer than he worked was a running joke in the family. He kept himself busy in retirement with farming, even helping just last week with some spring tasks. Earl was always ready to lend a hand with Ellis Construction and spent many years as the sexton to the Berlin Cemeteries. He was an active member of the Berlin Senior Center and never missed a potluck or a chance to play cards. Earl was a fantastic polka dancer and that definitely kept him young. He loved the casinos, whether it was on a bus trip, a quick stop in Mt. Pleasant when picking up his favorite Chippewa, or getting shuttled by his gambling buddy all over northern Michigan. Earl loved being with his family and was always a sharp card player, beating everyone the last time he played. Our pal Al was always good for a visit under the tree, and he never met a stranger. He was a staple salesman every Memorial Day at the Lewiston Garage Sales. He loved sitting and visiting with all the shoppers while trying to get the best deals. Earl loved dogs, and after the passing of his beloved Delores, Earl found his new buddy in Spike, his chocolate lab. It was a perfect match. Spike added to the fun by running away multiple times, once for 17 days. After scouring the countryside and being all over social media, Spike just showed back up one day. He never left Earl’s side after that.

Earl leaves behind a legacy of family, hard work, and determination. He had a story for everything and never forgot a person. He is survived by son, Richard (Ginny) Ellis; daughter, Linda (Clay) Stroup; daughter-in-law, Christine Ellis; five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Delores; son, Thomas Ellis; brothers, Clyde, Robert and Harold; and sister Viola.

The family honored the memory of Earl on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Capac. Friday, April 19, a Rite of Christian Burial was held at Holy Family Parish, Memphis. Fr. Mark Livingston officiated.

Please consider in lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Holy Family Parish Food Pantry, Memphis or “Wishes of the Family”.

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