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Service held for Ellsworth Monroe

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Ellsworth McKinley “Zeke, Deke” Monroe of Valparaiso passed away July 30, 2010. He was 87.

He was born to Elzie and Ava (Harlan) Monroe on May 14, 1923. On Nov. 19, 1949 in Folkston, Ga., he married Katie Thelma Lucille Timbrook.

Ellsworth is survived by his loving wife; sons Barry Monroe of Chesterton, Allen (wife Roberta) Monroe of Woodriver, Ill., and Chris Monroe of Little Rock, Ark.; daughters Nancy (husband Jeff) Nixon of Munster and Beverly (David) Kaminski of Valparaiso; grandchildren Jennifer and Brad Monroe, Justin (Samantha) Monroe, Jason (Megan) Monroe, Julie (Benjamin) Settle, and Joshua and Seth Kaminski; great-granddaughter Allison Monroe; sisters Irene (late Jerry) Greer of St. Augustine, Fla., and Fran (Donald) Mehlert of Grinell, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Albert, Gerald and George; and sisters Catherine Findlay and Velma Monroe.

Ellsworth served in the U.S. Navy and was a welder who worked in the ship yards in California and with the St. Augustine Gas Company in Florida. He had also worked for Farmall, John Deere, Bettendorf Co., and Williams and White. He retired after 28 years for the U.S. Rock Island Arsenal. He also worked part time at New Stone and was a house painter in the Quad Cities, Ill. He loved flowers, gardening, and taking the children fishing, ice skating and to ball games. He enjoyed camping with the family and having the grandchildren visit. He had attended the Moline Community Church in Illinois, the Real Life Community Church and the Valparaiso Nazarene Church.

A funeral service was held today, Monday, at the Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso, with the Rev. John Mongerson officiating. Burial followed at Angelcrest Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday.



Posted 8/2/2010