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Howard L. ELLARD

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Howard L. ELLARD

Posted: 16 Nov 2012 11:59AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Mr. Howard L. ELLARD, Mendon, Passed away Sunday, May 17, 1998. Mr. ELLARD was born September 8, 1919 in Kalamazoo, the son of Charles H. and Almeda (GREEN) ELLARD, and was a lifelong resident of this area. He was a gradate of Kalamazoo Central High School and served with the U.S. Navy for 6 years during WW II in the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. He had training at the Motion Picture Technical School and served abroad the USS Arkansas, the USS Kilauea, the USS YMS 43 minesweeper, and the USS Northstar IX 148, and was a Chief Petty Officer at the time of his discharge. Before retirement, he was employed by the James River Corp. (Ft. James Paper Co.) Mr. Ellard had been a member of the Assembly of God and was presently attending the Three Rivers Christian Fellowship. He was a member of the V.F.W. Comstock Post #6252. On September 18, 1944 he was married to the former Minnie L. CLEM, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters and their spouses, Sandra L. and Charles MCCORMICK of Mendon, and Deborah L. and Kenneth FLANAGAN of Parchment; 5 grandsons, Patrick (Lori) MCCORMICK, Mathew (Missy) MCCORMICK, Andrew MCCORMICK, Michael Erin FLANAGAN; two great-daughters, Mollie and Meagan MCCORMICK; one brother and one sister, Richard ELLARD of Kalamazoo, and Bernita TEALL of Decatur; and several nieces and nephews. he was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 3 sisters, Fred, Lewis, Dale, Gerald and Bert Ellard and Myrl VANDERWEELE, Leta Bell BUZZELL and Ida DAVIS. Services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Langeland Funeral Homes Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. with Pastor Paul Booko officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery with military honors by the V.F.W. Comstock Post #6252. Friends may meet the family at the Portage Chapel Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Three Rivers Christian Fellowship or a charity of choice. source: Kalamazoo Gazette after May 17, 1998 (submitted by volunteer, no family connection)

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