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Paul Ellison

February 28, 1960 — October 10, 2021


Paul Ellison, 61, of Moline, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021, at home.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at First Lutheran Church, Moline.  Visitation will be 4:00-6:00p.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd., Moline.  Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park.  Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church (1230 5th Ave Moline, IL).  Attendees are expected to wear a face mask and please social distance.

Paul was born on February 28, 1960, in Davenport, IA, the son of John and Margie (Foust) Ellison, Sr.  Paul was part of the ARC program for most of his life.  He enjoyed working at ARC Industries organizing hangers and most recently attended Opportunity Center in their Day Program.  Paul enjoyed living in his group home and the loving care the staff gave to him.  We would like to give special acknowledgement to Darcy his supervisor at his home.  Her compassion and care of Paul will not be forgotten.

Paul lived his life the best that God allowed.  In years past Paul participated in ARC’s Christmas Choir at First Lutheran Church.  Even though Paul could not talk he loved being part of the music.  Paul enjoyed going to bowling and cheering his “baba” on.  He liked working in the yard at the family home picking up apples, walnuts, and sticks.  Every year Paul would go to Florida and sit on the beach tossing shells and go to the cabin in Minnesota and fish.  Paul looked forward going to church on Sundays.  Everybody knew his name and would say “Hi Paul”.  Paul loved his brother and sisters.  He was best buds with his stepfather, John Peterson, who gave Paul all the love, patience, and guidance a father could give.  Most of all Paul missed and loved his mom, Marge Peterson, who dedicated her life to help enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.  She always said, “Paul was God’s gift to us.”

Survivors include his siblings, Cindy (Dave) Franklin, Pam (Bob) Engstrom; John “Joe” (Terri) Ellison; nieces and nephews, Jason (Kristina) Franklin, Nick Franklin, Monica (Joe) Van Vooren, Daniel (Michelle) Engstrom, Jennifer, Lindsey, Jena, Joshua, Jodi, Jonathan, Jordan, Jacob, and Jalan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marge and John Peterson; father, John Ellison Sr.; & uncle, Russ Peterson.

Memories may be shared online by visiting the tribute wall.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd (Moline)

6601 38th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

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Funeral Service

Friday, October 15, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am

First Lutheran Church (Moline)

1230 5th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

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