Jerry E. Ely, 93, of Springfield, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2023, at The Villas of Hollybrook. He was born on March 5, 1929, in Gillespie, the son of Howard and Norma (Suedel) Ely. He married Marion Donnelly on May 11, 1957, and she preceded him in death on December 8, 2022, after 65 years of marriage.
Also preceding him in death are his parents; two brothers, Gilbert and John Ely; one sister, Mary Carrigan; and one granddaughter, Sarah Ely.
He was a 20-year active-duty U.S. Air Force veteran, retiring in 1971.
Mr. Ely retired in 1991 with 20 years of service working with the Department of General Service Administration, U.S. Secret Service, and was acting director of the V.A. Camp Butler National Cemetery.
He was a member of Christ the King Church, Knights of Columbus #4179, V.F.W. Post #755, and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 15.
Mr. Ely is survived by his son, Todd Ely of Springfield; one granddaughter, Lauren (Tony) Nevins of Springfield; three great-granddaughters, Lila, Cora, and Gia Nevins; and one sister, Martha (Dennis) Solon of Fort Myers, FL.
Visitation took place from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Christ the King Church. Funeral mass was held at 10 am, Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Christ the King Church with Reverend Christopher House officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 8050 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119.