Michael "Mike" Ellers

  • "I love u Dad your daughter valentina"
    - Valentina Rodriguez
  • "Dearest Dad. If i were to describe my DAD,three words..."
    - Valentina Branda
  • "Dad i can hear you saying,"VALIA,whats the matter,why are..."
    - valia Ellers
  • "Deepest sympathy to family, he worked with my borthers..."
    - Mary Ebona Miller
  • "With deepest sympathy to the family during your time of ..."

Michael "Mike" Ellers, 67, died September 18, 2011, at his home in
Maricopa, Arizona after a short battle with lung cancer.

He was born on October 27, 1943 in Juneau and worked as a longshoreman
for 40 years with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local
200, Juneau. In addition to his years of work in Juneau, he also
performed work in the ports of Dutch Harbor, Ketchikan, Seattle and San
Francisco. Mike was a very active participant in the Teamster contract
negotiations. His father Roman was also a long-time longshoreman on the
Juneau waterfront.

Mike graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1961 and married his
high school sweetheart, Flo, in 1962. Together they had four daughters.
Mike and Flo were going to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this
coming July.

Mike was an active participant in hunting and fishing; he especially
enjoyed trout fishing the local mountain streams. His family remembers
him as loving and caring with soft spoken wisdom but with a full-blood
Russian spirit.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Roman, brother, Ronnie, and
mother, Natalie "Tillie." He is survived by his children Michelle Ruane
of Juneau, Yvonne (Steve) Davis of Juneau, Nicole Ellers of Kent, Wash.,
Valentina (Todd) Rodriguez, of Bakersfield, Calif., and many other
family members.

A memorial will be held on May 5th to spread his ashes in the Gastineau
Channel. A reception will be held at the Teamsters Union Local 959 on
Willoughby Avenue. At 12:30 p.m. For more information, please call
Yvonne Davis at 789-1752.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 7 to May 15, 2012
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