John Ellison, 87 years of age, passed away on Monday, Feb.5, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Barbara Ellison for over 63 years and the devoted father of Greg (Angie), Barry, David (late Teresa), and Julie. He was a loving grandfather to Laureen Ellison, (Colum Young), Michelle Shetty (Chethan), Samantha Ellison, Nicole Ellison, Lindsey Ellison, and Brandon Ellison. Additionally, he was the proud great-grandfather of Marin Young and Cian Young. He is also survived by several "cousins" and "nieces/nephews" among Paula (Scott), James, and Henry Thole, Mike Lucas (Marilyn), the extended Carney family, and the Leedy family as well as many dear, wonderful friends whom he cherished.
John was born in 1930 and grew up as a child in the Camp Washington and (South) Fairmount areas of Cincinnati. He graduated from Western Hills High School where he played trumpet in the school's band and was on their 1948 state champion baseball team. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force rising to the rank of sergeant and serving as an air traffic controller in the Korean War. Following discharge from the military, he eventually settled into a career in the mortgage loan industry for over 40 dedicated years starting with Eagle Savings Association and concluding with Union Savings Bank from where he retired. Aside from family and work responsibilities, he was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) Church for over 40 years, an avid member of the OLL "Old-Timers" softball team for over 35 years, a member of the Elder High School Principal's "Lay Advisory Board" during the 1970s, and a long-time, enthusiastic supporter of the Elder Dad's Club/ Elder Boosters. Music of the "big band era", jazz, and "old standards" always brought him particular enjoyment.
Visitation will be held on Monday Feb. 12 from 9:30am – 10:30am @ Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2832 Rosebud Dr., Cincinnati, immediately followed at the church by a mass of Christian burial. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials may be made to Elder High School Scholarship Fund.