Wed, July 08

Richard E. Ellison 1933 - 2009

Richard E. Ellison, 75, of Cottonwood, AZ; formerly of Roselle, Ill., passed away unexpectedly March 5, 2009. He was born August 16, 1933 in Chicago, Ill.. He was a Police Officer for the Roselle Police Department for 27.5 years, retiring as Sergeant in 1983. Rich and his wife Georgia moved to Cottonwood in 1994 where they enjoyed their retirement until her death in 2001. He remained in Cottonwood, and in 2003, married Gladys Thieme. They remained devoted to each other until his passing.

He was preceded in death by his cherished wife Georgia and his parents Walter and Mildred. He is survived by wife Gladys Ellison, two children, Scott (Carole) Ellison, Steve (Nancy) Ellison, three grandchildren, Scott (Nicole) Ellison II, Emily Ellison, Andrew Ellison, one great-grandaughter, Sydney Ellison, and his sisters Nancy (the late Larry) Walsh and Carol (Henny) Deackman.

He was a friend to many, devoted husband, and absolutely the best father, grandfather, and great-grandfather any family could have. He leaves many hearts sad, but we know he is at peace and with his Maker. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 2021 E. Fir St. Cottonwood, AZ or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 21 in the Faith Lutheran Church at 5 p.m.

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