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Joseph 'Joe' Ely

SPRING VALLEY — Joseph “Joe” Ely, 57, of Spring Valley passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at his residence.

Joe was born Aug. 9, 1961, in Spring Valley to Charles and Rita (Merdian) Ely. He married Nancy Morris on Oct. 10, 1987, in McNabb.

He graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School. Joe worked in maintenance for the city of Princeton for 20 years, where he mowed the cemeteries. One of his hobbies was tractor pulling.

Joe was a hard worker. He enjoyed spending time with family and was lovingly called Papa by everyone.

Surviving are his mother, Rita Ely of Putnam; his wife, Nancy Ely of Spring Valley; three daughters, Connie Ely, Katie Ely and Sara Ely of Spring Valley: four brothers, Steve (Laura) Ely of Dixon, Dave Ely of Putnam, Bill Ely of Putnam and Kevin (Debbie) Ely of Granville; one sister, Charlene (Dave) Ryckaert of LaMoille; and two grandchildren, Sophie and Odin.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1994 and one brother, Robert “Gus” Ely in 2018.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Hennepin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.dcfunerals.com.

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