Elba Dingess Sr., 80, of Madison, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014, at The Geneva Village Retirement Center.
Born Aug. 20, 1933, to John and Lake (Cantrell) Dingess, Elba married Mattie Martin Sept. 13, 1952, in Wharncliffe, W. Va.
Elba retired from railroad work after 30 years of service, and continued working with the Mentor Schools and Morton Salt Company. He enjoyed gardening, tractors, and collecting model trains.
Elba was a great storyteller and animal lover - but most of all, he loved his family and doted over his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elba is survived by his sons, Elba (Sandy Chudzik) Dingess Jr., Edward (Jennifer) Dingess and Paul (Patty) Dingess; daughter, Susie Dingess; grandchildren, Rob (Janette) Dingess, Shanna Dingess, Melissa Dingess, Tina Panich and Daniel Dingess; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Tyler Bisbee, Ashton, Nicholas, and Zachery Panich; sister, Sarah Jane Fly; and loving caregiver, Diana Dingess. Elba also leaves behind his loved dog and faithful friend, Spike.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie; parents; sisters, Irene Mitchum, Betty Martin and Shirley Mercer; and brothers, Lawrence Dingess, Jerry Dingess and Willie Dingess.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the funeral home. Final interment will be at Harpersfield Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions be sent to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004.
Obituary may be viewed online at www.behmfuneral.com.
Published in www.News-Herald.com on Feb. 24, 2014
Behm Family Funeral Home & Crematory
26 River Street Madison, OH 44057