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Don G. Ellis

Don G. Ellis, 80, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, April 19, 2014. A private family graveside service will take place next to his Ellis Century Farm.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mary Lou; children: Don C. (Valerie) Ellis of Solon, Gary (Denise) Ellis and Judy (Blaine) Worley of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Heather) Ellis and Haley Ellis, Brett (Mandy) Ellis, Brittany (Rick) Kron, and Tyler Ellis, and Brock, Chad, and Dane Worley; three great-grandchildren: Lydia, Lana, Owen, and one on the way in June.
Don is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Virginia Crissinger.
Don Ellis was born on Feb. 26, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Clair and Frances (Martin) Ellis. He grew up on a family farm and graduated as the valedictorian from Toddville High School in 1952 where he lettered in baseball and basketball. At age 17, Don was one of the youngest bus drivers in the state, driving fellow classmates to school. Don then served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves for eight years. He married the love of this life, Mary Lou Massingham, on Aug. 6, 1952, on the nationally televised “Bride and Groom Show” in New York City.
Don was the credit manager at Grant Williams Fordtown for eight years and then executive vice president of Peoples Bank and Trust for 28 years, retiring in 1988. During his banking career, he was an active member of the American Banker’s Association, Iowa Banker’s Association, and Robert Morris Associates. Don enjoyed customer relationships and relished in their successes. For many, he was Peoples Bank.
Don enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, and all sports. A favorite hobby was entertaining on his pontoon boat on Lake Macbride. He was a board member of the Cedar Rapids Sports Club and served many years as a trustee of Kenwood Park Presbyterian Church, now known as Echo Hill. He dearly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who described Grandpa Don as loving, caring, funny, kind and generous. Don was a devoted caregiver to his wife. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in his name to Echo Hill Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.teahenfuneralhome.