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Robin M. "Birdman" Ely
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Robin Marion Ely, 69, of Toledo, OH passed away on Sunday May 20, 2018 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born March 18, 1949 to Neal and Gladys Ely in Monroe, MI.

Robin was a star athlete in multiple sports at Monroe High School and he was known by his peers and coaches as “Birdman.” He later proudly served in the United States Army as a military policeman in the Vietnam War. Then, on June 15, 1971, Robin married Deborah Klatt, moved to Toledo, and eventually raised their five children together. Robin was a dedicated skilled tradesman with Ford Motor Company in Monroe, MI for 35 years until he retired in 2008, and later went on to work for Neapco Drivelines in Belleville, MI. Some joked around calling him a true “workaholic,” but Robin had a very strong work ethic and took great pride in ensuring the needs of his family were always met. Robin was a loving and devoted family man and an excellent provider. He also enjoyed cooking and was great at it and he was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. Robin exemplified the true definition of selflessness. What made him happy was seeing others happy and taken care of.

Robin is survived by his wife, Deborah; mother, Gladys; brother, Eric; sister, Kim; father-in-law, Robert Klatt; sons, Robert and Curtis; daughters, DeAnna, Adrienne (Ahmad), and Stephanie (Jason); grandchildren, Brennen, Alyssa, Brysen, Mary, Blake, and Silas; as well as great-grandchild, Alecia; and his nieces and nephews as well as other extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, Neal, and his sister, Terry.

We mourn our greatest loss, yet celebrate his greatest victory, being reunited with the Lord in heaven.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday May 24, 2018 at 1:30 in the Chapel of Memories, Toledo Memorial Park, 6382 Monroe St, Sylvania, OH 43560. Deacon Beisser will be officiating. Immediately following will be full military honors.

Memorial donations in memory of Robin can be made to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences can be made at hoeningfuneralhome.com.


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Graveside

Thursday

24

May

1:30 PM
Toledo Memorial Park

6382 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560

Deacon Beisser will be officiating.

Military Honors

Thursday

24

May

2:00 PM
Toledo Memorial Park

6382 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560

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Toledo Memorial Park

6382 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560

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