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Robert A. Ellison, 65, of Rockford, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 27, 2018 in his home. He was born on December 15, 1952 in Rockford, the son of Roger and Jeanne (Valerius) Ellison. He graduated from Belvidere High School and Kishwaukee College. Robert married Patricia Johnson on December 16, 1978. He attended First Evangelical Free Church. Robert's passion in life was hybridizing and growing daylilies. He owned Ellison Perennials for many years and volunteered at the Rockford Rescue Mission Thrift Shop after selling his business.
Survived by his wife Patricia; brothers, Ron (Chriss) Ellison of Hoxie, KS and Bruce (Val) Ellison of Loves Park; a niece, Jenny (Dustin) Goodman of Bourbonnais, IL; and a nephew, Brett (Kristine) Ellison of Milford, IN; sister-in-law, Pamela Johnson of Rockford and several cousins. Predeceased by his parents. Thanks to Dr. Kenton Lee of Rockford; the University of Wisconsin Heart Failure Clinic and nurse practitioner, Kelly Hibray; Heartland Hospice, especially, Becky, Stephanie, Tammy, and Matt; special friends, Rev. James Parrish, David Klang, Rick Olson, and Travis Castrey.
Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 8, 2018 in First Free Church, 2223 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, with Rev. James Parrish officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 am to 11:45 am prior to the service. Private burial in Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Jesus Film Project, 27631 La Paz Road, Suite A, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 or the Rockford Rescue Mission, 715 W. State St., Rockford, IL 61102

Condolences & Shared Memories (12)

  1. Gary +Judy Belter

    Pat so sorry for your loss. God blessed you 40 years with a dear man. Our thoughts and prayers our with you today and in the coming days that God will give you peace. Gary+Judy Belter

  2. Ron and Joann Toti

    Bob was a wonderful guy and a great neighbor. He was so interesting to talk to. He would stop by and fill us in with the neighbor news and we loved it. When our kids were at home, he would come over and play basketball with them. He had a big heart and great concern for others. Heaven will be a little more of a fun place now, but we will miss him.

  3. Faith Kemper

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Pat. Bob was a GREAT guy. He was fortunate to have you as his wife for nearly forty years. Praying that God will comfort you!

  4. E.J. Pagel

    I can't put it better than Senator Syverson. We were fellow callers on WNTA radio, formerly the town hall meeting of the airwaves. Bob was a helluva fine man, and he got a raw deal in many ways. Best Wishes to Your Family. E.J. Pagel, Winnebago.

  5. Lowell Fitch

    Bob was a good guy.

  6. Senator Dave Syverson

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember some great conversations he had both on radio and at events with Chris Bowman, Doug McDuff, and Ken DeCoster. He would certainly hold them in check. I also know all the volunteer work Bob did and how many lives that impacted. A good man that leaves his mark.

  7. Andy Bargren

    Thanks for my first job Bob! I will always remember dropping everything at the job site and trying to get in the truck before Bob took off because he heard the train whistle.

  8. Ralph Hatchet

    R I P BOB. I enjoyed knowing you in school. We had fun and great conversations

  9. Melvin Shields

    Many wonderful stories Bob could tell I enjoyed listening to him tell them.

  10. Candy

    Many fond memories with Bob and Pat. Especially our trips to Eagle River. Bob simply changed his address to heaven!

  11. LaWanna

    Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for you and your family!

  12. India Blade

    R.I.P. sending Prayers to Patricia and the family. Bob will be missed at the Stockholm Inn

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