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George "Dick" R. Ellis

February 20, 1919 - July 23, 2014
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George "Dick" Ellis was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He always was able to express himself well, was sociable and pleasant, Dick possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dick was raised to be accepting and personable to others. Blessed with a balanced attitude. Dick had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return. Friends and acquaintances found Dick an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical...
George "Dick" Ellis was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He always was able to express himself well, was sociable and pleasant, Dick possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dick was raised to be accepting and personable to others. Blessed with a balanced attitude. Dick had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

Friends and acquaintances found Dick an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Dick was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were.

Dick was gifted with an incredible ability to speak eloquently. After completing school he went to work as a freight conductor for the Penna Rail Road in Pittsburgh, PA. During that time he was drafted into the Army where he served for 12 years. He achieved the rank of SFC (T). Dick fought in the Battle of the Bulge during the Korean War and received several awards including a National Defense Service Metal, United Nations Service Metal; Korean Service Metal with 1 Bronze Service Star. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

When Dick turned 80 his new life involved relocating to Michigan to be closer to his friends. Ruth Sumner was his caretaker for many years. In retirement, he found pleasure in reading his daily copy of the Detroit News and Free Press and USA Daily. He loved to talk about politics.

Dick enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. Dick was a snazzy dresser. He enjoyed unique items that were bright in color. His favorite pass time was being in the garden planting flowers, he enjoyed watching any type of sports on TV. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Dick truly enjoyed. He was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of "live and let live." Favorite vacations included trips back to Pennsylvania to visit with family and friends.

Dick was a lover of animals. When he needed more care and moved into Ruth's house in Holly he immediately adopted or was adopted by Gracie the Jack Russell Terrier. Dick loved to give treats to Gracie. A few times over the years Gracie had to be put on a diet because Dick enjoyed sneaking treats to her.

Dick passed away on July 23, 2014 in Holly Michigan. Dick is survived by a sister Dorothy Shorscher, many nieces and nephews, his friends Ruth Sumner and Pat Davis. Visitation will be held at Elton Black and Son Funeral Home, 3295 East Highland Rd, in Highland Michigan on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 3-8 pm. Dick will be laid to rest in the Swickly Cemetery in Swickly, PA under the auspices of the United States Army at a later date.

Dick was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Dick had a theme song written about him, it might well have been "Don't Worry, Be Happy." He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Dick Ellis.

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"Dick and I became friends one day when he walked into my sewing room with Ruth. He said "You are my kind of woman". I had the stock market station on. ..." Claudia Losch (Wixom, MI)

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