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Ellis E. Brumbaugh Sr.

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Ellis E. Brumbaugh, Sr.

Holt/Mason - Ellis died at the young age of 92, he use to say. He was 92 1/2 and died December 14, 2017. Ellis was born to the late Theodore and Rose (Hoover) Brumbaugh in Saxton, PA, on July 8, 1925. Married to Betty L. Kennedy November 10, 1944. Easy for him to remember, USMC Birthday!

He was preceded in death by his brothers: John, Sam, Robert, and Paul; his sister, Ruth; wife, Betty (Kennedy); daughter, Nancy and grandson Brook Ellis Brumbaugh; and his sons-in-law, Tom Nequette, Sr. and Bob Mollsen.

Ellis is survived by his daughter, Carol Nequette and her two sons, Tom, Jr. and Allen; son, Ellis "Butch" and wife Marilyn Brumbaugh and their son, Lee; son, Theodore Joseph Ted "Boomer" and wife Janean Brumbaugh and their children, Nicole and Kirk; and daughter, Debbie Mollsen and her children, Tyler and Emily. Ellis and Betty have a total of 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Ellis was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, where upon graduation from high school in 1943 joined the United States Marine Corps during WWII, but before leaving for the Pacific he married the love of his life, Betty Kennedy. He served in the USMC from 1944 to 1946 where he trained Marines in weapons and self defense at both Camp Lejeune, NC, and Parris Island, SC (Oohrah). He later fought in the Pacific on the beaches of Okinawa where he was wounded several times and moved to Guam to recover and was awarded the Purple Heart. Months later Ellis returned to Okinawa and then moved to China to wait the invasion of Japan. After the war he and Betty moved to Toledo, Ohio, for a year and then onto Lansing, Michigan, where he worked for J.W. Knapp's Store for over 25 years in sales/buying/mgmt. After several years in Lansing they moved to Mason, MI, and in their final years to Holt, MI. His love was woodworking and having the ability to fix things his kids would break. He loved playing golf, bowling, hunting and fishing, and watching football, baseball, golf and crime stories on TV. His last years were devoted to taking care of his beloved wife, Betty, after her stroke and then himself, living alone and later moving to Green Acres in Mason for his final days on earth!

Ellis was a life member of the VFW Post 301, American Legion Post 183, 40 et 8 Voiture 946, the DAV, and the 6th Marine Division Association. Ellis was a member of the Raven Run Church of the Brethren in Saxton, PA.

Ellis loved the Lord, his wife Betty, family, country and his beloved Marine Corps (Semper fidelis). The family would like to thank Green Acres (Mason) and Great Lakes Caring Hospice for care and love shown Ellis the last months of his life.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Dec. 17, 2017
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