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Gordon (John) Coleman Ellison
Gordon (John) Coleman Ellison

Gordon (John) Coleman Ellison

August 10, 1930 - February 12, 2021
Obituary

Ellison, Gordon (John) Coleman, age 90, passed away on February 12, 2021 with family by his side in Duncan, SC. He is survived by his sons John Ellison, Gordon (Elizabeth) Ellison Jr., his sister Patty (Carl) Hamblin & brother Richard (Betsy) Ellison. Gordon was predeceased by his son Richard L. Ellison, his parents Sam & Bessie Ellison, and his sisters Helen Young & Alma (Orville) Hosmer.  Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12pm at Spring Grove Funeral Home, 11285 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246, with service immediately following at 1:45pm, interment to following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Gordon’s honor to (St. Jude, City Gospel Mission, or Billy Graham). 

John(ny) Ellison as many knew him, was someone not easily forgotten. Born at home during the Great Depression in Elmwood Place, he had two older siblings to help prepare him for life during that difficult time and help prepare him for his younger siblings not yet born. John never complained about “hard times” because times were tough for everyone. He worked as a bowling pin setter during his adolescence, dock worker and machinist during school hours as a teen. He graduated from St Bernard High School in 1948. He then joined the US Army in Oct. 1949. He enjoyed his time of service during the years of the Korean War, training at Fort Knox, KY and being stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA where he worked as a Staff Sergeant. He had an immense love for big band music and film that included seeing Frank Sinatra (with Alma and Orv). He also enjoyed basketball (to include taking his younger brother to see Kentucky play shortly after the Cincinnati Gardens opened), baseball (went to Crosley Field with Bozo to see the Reds play), football, and golf. When John returned to civilian life he worked as a union pile driver and was struck by electricity while standing near a crane that got too close to power lines, that experience landed him in the hospital for several months where he had much time for reflecting on his life. Shortly after being released he proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ by walking down the aisle while still on crutches. John then became a union Millwright and became Business Agent of LU 1454, now LU1090. He was a member in good standing of the Carpenters union AFL/CIO for 63 years and also a member of the VFW Post 9942 in Beaver, OH. During this time, he fathered and provided for a loving family and moved to Springdale. John was a devoted father, who’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and real-life experience became a great asset to his children. After retiring John remained in Springdale where he frequented Busken Bakery, the local McDonalds and spent much time playing pool at the Springdale Recreation Center. He enjoyed old cars, picnics, concerts in the park, and family get togethers.  John was devoted to his family and took joy in being able to help them in any way he could.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12pm at Spring Grove Funeral Home, 11285 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246, with service immediately following at 1:45pm, interment to following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in John’s honor to St. Jude, City Gospel Mission, or Billy Graham.  www.springgrove.org.

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Service Location Date Time Stream Link Directions
Visitation Spring Grove Funeral Homes - Tri-County February 25, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm Directions
Funeral Service Spring Grove Funeral Homes - Tri-County February 25, 2021 1:45 pm Directions
Burial Oak Hill Cemetery February 25, 2021 2:50 pm Directions

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