EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Robert William Ellis, of East Palestine, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 2, 2020, following a brief illness.
He was born June 5, 1951, in Salem, to Robert and Betty Hulton Ellis.
A graduate of EPHS Class of 1969, Mr. Ellis was a local Dodge mechanic for years before working for Snyders of Hanoverton.
After retiring, his love was restoring classic cars, golfing and spending time with his little K-9 buddy, Rebel.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Norton Ellis, whom he married on October 31, 1997; his stepchildren, Gregory (Kathy) Huff and Valerie (Jeff) Huff-Leake, both of East Palestine; four grandchildren, Kateland Huff, Haley Huff, PFC Amber Huff and Gabriella Jane Huff-Leake and three great-grandchildren, Kaylie, Maddison and Ethan. In addition he is survived by his mother, Betty Hulton; two brothers, Brian (Vikki) Ellis of New Waterford and Rick (Lori) Ellis of Columbiana; a special sister and brother-in-law, Shirl and Rich Rollins of Avon, Indiana; his partner in crime and golf buddy, his nephew, James Rollins of Negley and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert G Ellis; a sister, Bonnie; a great-grandson, Everett; maternal grandparents, Essie and Park Hulton and paternal grandparents, Julia and Andy Ellis.
No services will be held at this time.
A celebration of life will be held by the family at a later date.
The family asks that you have a drink in his memory.
Memorial donations in memory of Robert can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements have been handled by the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home, East Palestine.
To send condolences to the family at www.familycareservices.com.
A television tribute will air Sunday, July 5, at the following approximate times: 6:27 p.m. on WYTV and 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV.