CRAWFORD — Mark Douglas Eley, 69, of Crawford, died at 6:28 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at The James Cancer Research Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
Born February 15, 1949 in Marion, he was the son of the late Elmer E. and Etta Mae (Bolyard) Eley. He married Geraldine “Gerrie” S. Cobb on November 29, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Findlay. She survives in Crawford.
Also surviving are two sons, Matthew (Julia) Eley of Ft. Riley, KS and Ryan (Crystal) Eley, Carey; four grandchildren: Allyson, Madison, Laura and Luke Eley; two brothers: Charles A. (Barbara) Eley of Crawford and David H. Eley of Galesburg, MI; and a sister-in-law, Sally Eley of Upper Sandusky.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, John “Suski” Eley.
He graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 1967 and attended Bowling Green State University. He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant.
Mark was a correctional officer at the Marion Correctional Institute in Marion for 25 years. Bored with retirement, he and his wife became expediters for Tri-State Expedited Service and traveled the country for six years.
Mark was a member of VFW 3759 in Carey, and American Legion 225 and AMVETS 777, both in Upper Sandusky. He enjoyed fishing and boating on Lake Erie, all types of gardening, and loved tinkering with motorcycles. He was an avid Buckeyes fan. He was very proud of his sons and loved spoiling his grandchildren.
Family and friends will be received from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at STOMBAUGH-BATTON FUNERAL HOME, Carey. The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, with Rev. William Schultz officiating. Burial will follow at Old Mission Cemetery in Upper Sandusky, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Carey Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyandot Memorial Hospital Guild or any veteran’s organization and sent to Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, Ohio 43316-1169.
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