KEITH D. ELLIS, 69, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021, at the Cleveland Clinic surrounded by loved ones. Born March 28, 1952 in Findlay, Ohio, he was a son of the late James A. and Margery K. (Abbott) Ellis. After moving with his family to Fort Wayne at a young age, he resided there the remainder of his life. He graduated from North Side High School in 1970, where he had been a successful varsity wrestler. A hard worker who enjoyed working with his hands, Keith held a variety of assembly, construction, and maintenance jobs, most recently as a maintenance technician for Canterbury Green Apartments. He also had a life-long love of learning, earning associate degrees in Industrial Maintenance and in Construction from Ivy Tech, completing two years of an electrical apprenticeship, and teaching himself how to build and repair computers. A loving father to his son, he was also a mentor and father-figure to many others who knew the door to “Uncle Keith’s” house was always open, whether they needed a place to live or just wanted to spend time listening to music or having philosophical conversations. Keith enjoyed spending time in nature, fishing, gardening, playing tennis, working on computers and home projects, and helping others. He made friends everywhere he went and will be missed by many. Keith is survived by his son, Jason (Jennifer) Ellis of Fort Wayne; brothers Kenneth (Mary) Ellis of Old Fort, Tennessee, and Kent (Anne) Ellis of Fort Wayne; and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his father’s second wife, Patricia Ellis. A memorial gathering will be held in his honor on September 17, 2021 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Franke Park Pavilion 1 (first indoor pavilion off of Park Drive; https://goo.gl/maps/ohfMvUsDTekGP8Hw5). True to Keith’s spirit, the memorial will be casual and after a short tribute at 4:30 p.m., will be full of food, music, and the sharing of stories. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fort Wayne Trails (www.fwtrails.org) or the Indiana Department of Natural Resources through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (www.indiananrf.org). For online condolences, please visit www.corrigandeighton.com.
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