Herbert Lee Ely, 91 yrs old of Dow, peacefully entered Heaven's gates at 10:26 pm on June 17, 2021 at his home. He declared that Rose Cornelius was the only true love of his life. They begun dating when she was 16, and were married four years later on September 11th, 1953. Together, they raised 2 daughters, Sherry and Louann, before retiring in 1995. Herb retired as a plant manager of Alton Box Board in St Louis, and then moved to Fenton, MO, where both worked at Foremost Printing, he again as the plant manager. They retired in 1995 and moved into their newly built home in Dow, IL. Herb didn't know a stranger, and could often be found deep in conversation with anyone his path crossed, whether he knew them or not! He was a faithful member and supporter of Bethel Methodist Church in Dow, IL where he was a trustee and Sunday School teacher for many years. He also supported many charities, as he believed in helping others when able. He loved his family fiercely, and always supported and encouraged them throughout his life. Surviving are his wife of almost 68 years, Rose Ely, his 2 daughters Sherry & Dan Bailey of Grafton, and Louann & Robert Pranger of Jerseyville; his 5 grandchildren Heather Schildroth (Gansz), Nathan & Dawn Gansz, Ben & Heidi Gansz, Rachel & Louie Van Deven, and Tracy & Daniel Marshall; 17 great grandchildren: Chloe Schildroth; Ryan, Ashley, Tristan, Isabelle, Emily, Mac, Dylan, Landon, Willow, Ellis, LilyMae Gansz; Caleb, Leah, and Elizabeth Van Deven; Riley and Nolan Marshall; and 1 great great grandchild: Oliver Yates, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Richard and Maude Ely, a sister and brother in law: Francis & Herb Fullager, a brother and his wife: Kenneth & Elizabeth Ely. A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at the United Methodist Church in Jerseyville on July 10, 2021 from 1-4 pm. Visitation will start at 1:00 pm and the service will follow at 2:00pm. His ashes will be interred in a private service at a later time.
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