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Gaines Ellison

Posted 11/9/2018

On Friday, November 2, 2018, Gaines W. Ellison, a loving husband, father and grandfather  passed away at the age of 97 in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, OH.  The son of Frank and Hester (Smalley) Ellison he was born on September 13, 1921 in Bessemer, AL.

Gaines was a U.S. Army veteran from WWII serving under Gen. George Patton in the 11th Armored Division. After returning home, he started working for the Spicer-Dana Corp. the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor and worked there for 41 years. He was a member of Toledo Fort Industry Lodge for 65 years and the Scottish Rite for 60 years. On July 7, 1956 he married Marie Cone, who preceded him in death on August 8, 2016.


Gaines is survived by his daughters, Kay (Mike) Hough and Jamie (Jim) Dudzik; grandchildren, Jonathan (Mariana), Jeremy (Sarah), Josiah and Joanna; great-grandchildren, Wesley, Tensley and Elora. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Tressie Brunt.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Ave. Temperance, MI where a Masonic Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service. Burial will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park where Military Honors will be conducted by the Lambertville VFW Post #9656. Memorial donations may be made to Mayfair Plymouth Church or Shriners Hospital.