Allen David Ells, aka “Big Al”; father, uncle (Funkle), brother, cousin, friend, and all-around handful, could never be properly described in an obituary.
Born July 16, 1966 in Auburn Indiana, he grew up in Columbus Ohio. Graduated from UAHS in 1985, with a football career that would follow him through college. This smiley guy would never be contained as he made his way through this life. Al was a hands-on dad, fiercely proud of Sophie Marie. Allen reclaimed his freedom and Ultimate healing Sunday September 26th, surrounded by family and friends.
Never a fan of shoes or magazine worthy grooming – Al’s fashion was an aspect of his charm. Al enjoyed walleye fishing, boating on Lake Erie, sunshine, good food and good company, including dogs. Portable & inviting as a good boat cooler, Al could strike up a conversation with literally anyone everywhere he went. Al has left a trail of lifelong friends, from Arizona, Chicago, Cleveland, & Florida – to mention a few.
Preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Proksa, and parents, George & Dorothy Ells. Loved and survived by his favorite daughter Sophie Marie Fordyce (Ryan), brothers George Ells, Jr. (Susan), & Jayson Hubert (Monica), sisters Karen Vroman (Jim Hauenstein), & DeEtte DeWeese (Steve). Also survived by Hal Ells & Mary Lou Forrester (John). Survived by and loved by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
We encourage you to send a memory, story or remembrance of Allen to the email below. We are collecting memoirs for future grandchildren, so they may have a peek into what their grandpa was like.
Until we see you again, Dad, brother, & friend.
Celebration of life October 30th.
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In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation
or Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Research in Allen’s name.