Merle G. Ellis

Merle G. Ellis, 77, of rural LaFontaine, IN, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at 7:35 p.m. at Miller's Merry Manor West in Wabash.

Mr. Ellis worked 46 years at MarkHon in Wabash, retiring in 2001, and also owned Ellis Red Barn Antiques. He was a former member of St. Matthews United Church of Christ and was a member of the LaFontaine United Methodist Church. He was also a member of Wabash Eagles Lodge, American Welding Society, the Wabash Men's Bowling Association and the Wabash Valley Sawdust Gang.

He was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Wabash to Alfred D. and Doris M. Tyner Ellis. He first married Jackie Working on Oct. 4, 1953, in Richvalley. She preced him in death on May 12, 2002. He then married Barbara (Place) Sluss on July 26, 2003, at the St. Matthews United Church of Christ in Wabash. She survives.

Additional survivors include two stepsons, Clint (Julie) Sluss and Jim Sluss, both of Wabash; a son-in-law, Gary Harlan, of Wabash; two grandchildren, Jennifer (Brent) Johnson, of Noblesville, and Matt (Nichole) Culver, of Wabash; five stepgrandchildren, Olivia Sluss and Alex Sluss, both of Wabash; Jennifer (Bryan) Whitaker, Chelsie (Kent) Montgomery and Gary Harlan Jr.; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Calling is Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at LaFontaine United Methodist Church, 2 W. Kendall St., LaFontaine. A memorial service will be held immediately following,with Brad Garrett officiating. Mr. Ellis donated his body to the Indiana Anatomical Society. Burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is to Vernon Manor Home for Children or the charity of the donor's choice.

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