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Jack Ely

A memorial celebration for Jack Ely of Penn Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at his home.

Mr. Ely died Saturday, April 20. He was 69.

He was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Fresno to Larry and Alice Ely. He attended schools in Fresno and Monterey and graduated from Monterey High School in 1950. He attended several California colleges and graduated with a degree in banking from Southern Methodist in Dallas. He served in the U.S. National Guard.

He became a vice president of Bank of America in Fresno and retired in 1985. He moved to Penn Valley, where he lived for the last 18 years. He was a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in Penn Valley for several years.

He enjoyed golf, traveling, movies and gardening. He was an avid fan of auto racing and football.

He is survived by his companion of five years, Judy Nichols of Penn Valley; sons Kevin Ely of Auburn, David Ely and Sean Ely, both of Nevada City; sister Dorothy Pearson of Texas; daughters-in-law Kathy Ely and Lynn Ely, both of Nevada City; stepchildren Michael Nichols, Michelle Avery, Melinda Formhals, Daniel Nichols, Gary Nichols and Carla Joseph; grandchildren Matthew Ely of Fulton, N.Y., and Sara Ely and Katelyn Ely, both of Nevada City; 18 step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darc’y Isenberger Ely, in 1993; daughter, Sharon Ely in 1987; and his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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