RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Maynard A. Ells, 86, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., passed away March 11, 2013, leaving behind his partner of 54 years, Jerry Abraham.
He was born to Paul and Gertrude Ells (deceased), one of eleven children, and grew up in Sycamore.
He was in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and then attended the University of Illinois
. In the early 1960s, he settled in southern California and in 1963 began working for TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., as an engineer in the environmental and test department. During his 27 years at TRW he was involved with multiple satellite programs and their respective launches. His greatest accomplishment was participating in the development of the test facility and launch of the Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) satellite. He retired after the successful launch of GRO. He then moved to Rancho Mirage and enjoyed a life of travel and leisure with Jerry at his side.
He was a gracious and loving man and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by brothers, Clifford and Dorlan; sisters, Sheila Humes, Mary Freese and Pauline Locken; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He also was preceded in death by four brothers, Arlynn, Duane, Jerry and Keith; and sister, Dolores Floit.
He requested no memorial service and that his ashes will be spread at sea.