ROBERT ELLENBERGER

ROBERT ELLENBERGER, 83, of Bluffton, died on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center. He was a longtime and well-known Auctioneer / Realtor. Born Oct. 23, 1929, in Wells County, he was a son of Jesse and Mary Ellenberger. He joined the company of Ellenberger Brothers in 1949 and became a partner with his uncle, Dale Ellenberger. They enjoyed this partnership for the next 30-plus years. He was active in the Indiana Auctioneers Association. He served as president in 1976 and continued to serve on the board for 11 years. He was awarded the Auctioneer of the Year honor in 1974. He was appointed by Gov. Robert Orr in 1982 to serve on the Indiana Auctioneers Commission, and was reappointed in 1985 and 1988. He was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award, presented by Gov. Orr in 1991. In 2009, he joined Coldwell Banker Holloway & Holloway Auction to continue working full-time selling Real Estate and serving as a consultant and mentor to the Holloway Auction Co. He was president of Adams, Jay, Wells Board of Realtors in 1964, the Realtor of the Year in 1979 and 2005, and in 2011 was inducted into the UPSTAR Alliance of Realtors Hall of Fame. The award is given as a lifetime achievement award that spans Robert's career of more than 60 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; two sisters; and one brother. He was preceded in death by two brothers; and one sister. A service celebrating Robert's life is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chad Ringger and Life Celebrant Jeff Lemler officiating. Calling is from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Thoma / Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home. Burial in Six Mile Cemetery. Preferred memorials to the Wells County Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre Maintenance Fund c/o the Wells County Foundation, the Wells County Animal Care Fund c/o the Wells County Foundation, First We Care, or to First United Methodist Church. Online condolences www.thomarich.com

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 22, 2013