Michael S. Ellenberger, 80, of Decatur, IN, passed away on the morning of Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at his residence. He was born in Decatur, IN, on July 3, 1940, the son of the late Joyce L. and Dolores L. (Omlor) Ellenberger. On October 3, 1964, he married Janet K. Baker.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and was a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School. Mike served his beloved country in the United States Army as a Specialist 4th Class and was stationed in Korea (post war) and then in West Berlin. Mike worked for G.E. for 24 years and then worked for the City of Decatur Water Dept. for 17 years.
Mike was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864, where he also was a member of the 4th Degree Assembly 257 and served as Past Faithful Navigator. He and his wife for many years were involved in helping with many social functions of the K of C Hall. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 43 and the Moose Lodge 1311.
He was an avid sports fan and loved watching Notre Dame, I.U., Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and the Indianapolis Colts.
Mike is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet K. Ellenberger of Decatur; 2 brothers, Pat (Janeen) Ellenberger and Greg (Karen) Ellenberger; his sister Judy Imel all of Decatur; 3 brothers-in-law, John (Sarah) Baker of Summerville, SC, Michael (Kay) Baker of Tucson, AZ, and Ted (Gail) Baker of Muncie; 2 sisters-in-law, Diane Meyer of Decatur and Tammy (Matt) Seifert of North Manchester; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Kay Lehman; brother-in-law, Don Lehman; sister-in-law, Joyce Ellenberger, and brother-in-law, Tom Meyer.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:30 p.m. K of C 4th Degree Honor Guard will post from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
A Prayer Service will be held at 10:20 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial offered at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father David Ruppert and Father Nathan Maskal concelebrating.
Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery and Military Honors will be rendered by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School.
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