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Keith E. Ellison, age 80, of Rockford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at home under the loving care of his family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

He was born on October 25, 1939, in Barton Township, to the late Earl & Vada (Carey) Ellison.

Keith married Barbara Ann Taylor on June 20, 1959, in Paris, MI.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many enjoyable years prior to his retirement. Keith enjoyed hunting, golf and the outdoors. He was a handyman always with perfection in mind. He cherished his time spent with family and friends throughout his lifetime.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; sons, Rex (Catherine) and Steve (Trish) Ellison; grandchildren, Ryan, Sarah, Anna and James; brothers, Richard (Nancy) and Gerald (Emma); and sister, Carole Littlefield.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Earl Ellison.

In lieu of flowers or charities, Keith’s family asks that everyone find that kind soul inside themselves and make a positive difference for their remaining days here on earth.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Rex Ellison on May 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm


    Lord rest your soul.

    I made it back to NM in the RV on Memorial Day. Hardly seems possible that I’ve lived away from Michigan for 37 years. I have a wonderful family here because of your caring love from afar over the years. Your winter trips down here to NM were always highly anticipated by Ry and Sarah, as well as Cathy and I. I loved our NM elk and oryx hunts together. The two busy bees you and mom have always been have our home here looking beautiful. No thanks will ever be enough for your selfless handyman efforts over the winters down here. I have no doubt that your soft kind heart influenced generations to come.

    Spending your last 3 weeks with you were priceless. We know you are in a better place and it gives all of us peace of mind knowing you made it there as you desired, at home with family.

    Until we meet again, don’t forget to make those golf tee times on the golf course of your choice!

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