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October 3, 2013

August 'Gus' Merton Ely

HONOR — August “Gus” Merton Ely, 81, of Honor, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was born Aug. 18, 1932, on the family farm in Honor, the son of Archie and Eleanor (Pratt) Ely.

Gus served as a cook in the U.S. Army from 1952 until being honorably discharged in 1954.

Gus retired from Honor Building Supply, where he was the lumberyard manager for 26 years. Afterwards he worked as a groomer for the Benzie Snowbirds for several years.

Gus was a member of the Platte River Association.

In his spare time Gus loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, going to garage sales and driving around. Most of all Gus loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

Gus is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Sandra (Michael) Vincent, of Benzonia, and Holly (Richard) Orlik, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Shaun (Jaymee) Colon, of Frankfort, Jackie Vincent, of Benzonia, Michael (JJ) Vincent Jr., of Benzonia, Shania Orlik, of Colorado Springs, and Kristopher Orlik, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his great-grandson, Branden Colon, of Frankfort; two sisters, Evelyn Evans, of Portage, and Patricia (Kenneth) Williams, of Honor; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Freshwinds Ministry Center in Honor, with Pastor Chuck Towersey officiating.

The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements; www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com.

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