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In Loving Memory
Paul Myer Ellington
6/29/1927 - 6/22/2012

Paul Myer Ellington, age 84, passed away June 22, 2012.  Paul was a resident at Glen Oakes Health Care Campus and had been fighting an extended illness.  Complicating his poor health was his grief over the loss of his wife, Phyllis Ellington, Dec. 14, 2011.  She was buried on their 62nd wedding anniversary and was the love of his life.  He was looking forward to the day he could go home to be with Jesus and Phyllis who he always lovingly referred to as “Mom”.

Born at his family residence in rural Greens Fork, IN, June 29, 1927, Paul was the fifteenth and final child of Maude and Henry Ellington.  He attended school at both Greens Fork and Economy.  Paul was 15 when the U.S. entered WWII by declaring war on Japan.  His older brothers were quickly drafted, and Paul soon left home to join the Merchant Marines to be a part of the war effort.  When he was finally old enough, he was also drafted by the U.S. Army.  He shared fascinating stories of this time in his life with his family, friends, and spoke on a couple of occasions to sixth grade classes studying world history at Hagerstown Elementary.  Among those stories were details of his job on the merchant tanker of manning the rear guns searching for mines to explode in the Pacific.  In the Army, he drove generals in Japan and the U.S. to inspect ROTC sites.

Paul and Phyllis met in New Castle, IN when she was 13 and he was 16.  They married December 22, 1949 in Kentucky, and returned to New Castle for the first 12 years of their marriage.  Paul was an entrepreneur with loads of passion and ambition.  He engaged in a variety of business ventures, but spent the longest time in casket manufacturing and agricultural endeavors.  He was the original co-owner of Carlos Casket Company in Carlos, Indiana built in Indiana 1958.  The business venture moved the family to Modoc in 1962.  After selling the Carlos Casket business in 1968, he built a casket factory in Modoc, Indiana.  He operated the Modoc factory for the next 10 years with different partners, finally selling the business in 1978.  After selling the casket factory, he sold feed for Hubbard Milling.  He and Phyllis sold their farm in Modoc area in 1996, and moved back to New Castle, IN.

Paul’s legacy is left to two daughters, Deborah (Don) Huffman, of Springport and Paula (Gary) Keesling of Hagerstown; five grandchildren, Lea (Sam) Thomas, Laura Wilkerson, Adam (Karey) Claywell, Sara Claywell Hall, and Travis (Tiffany) Claywell; twelve great-grandchildren, Adria Wilkerson, Riley Thomas, Max Thomas, Minnie Thomas, Lincoln Thomas, Truman Thomas, Daisy Thomas, Hadyn Rhoades, Isabelle Hall, Caleb Claywell, Ashlyn Claywell, and Ruby Claywell; two sisters, Pauline Wright of Dresden, Ohio and Irene (Jim) Campbell of San Antonio, TX; several nieces and nephews.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, wife, nine sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, June 29, 2012 at Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2701 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle, with grandson, Travis Claywell, and Rev. Paul Kirk officiating. Burial will follow at South Mound Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday June 28, 2012 at Memorial Wesleyan Church 2701 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle.

Memorials may be sent to Memorial Wesleyan Church, 2701 N. Memorial Drive, New Castle.

Arrangements by Macer-Hall Funeral Home.

Military honors will be conducted by V.F.W. and American Legion.

Online condolences may be made at

Macer-Hall Funeral Directors Sam Hall, Gary Hall, and Mike Ragan are honored to conduct the service.


Online Condolences
From: Paul Goodson   Hagerstown Indiana
Relationship:  Acquaintance

My grandpa, Charles Conwell, and Paul were childhood friends that always stayed in touch. He always some wild stories about the pranks they pulled. They are together yet again and heaven will never be the same. God bless them both.
Sent:  6/23/2012
From: Marla Wright Mitchell   Murrells Inlet SC
Relationship:  Niece

Sorry for your loss. Even though we didn't get together much, he will still be missed. Mother talked about him often.
Sent:  6/23/2012
From: Kaitlyn Thompson   Modoc IN
Relationship:  Volunteer/friend at glen oaks.

I am so sorry for your family's loss! I have gotten to know Paul quite well in my many months of volunteering. I even made special trips to only see him. He was probably the most inspirational and generous man I have ever known. I hope you all can find comfort in knowing he is now in a better place and out of pain!
Sent:  6/24/2012
From: paul & carol huffman   lewisville indiana
Relationship:  Debbies sisterinlaws

Dear Debbie &family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sent:  6/25/2012
From: Joy Moe   Loganville, Ga
Relationship:  Niece

Always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Paul and Aunt Phyllis. He was a funny guy and always friendly. Mom and Uncle Paul had a lot of stories about when they were growing up. Will miss him. Praying for peace for your family. Maybe we can met again at a family reunion.
Sent:  6/25/2012
From: Kathy Martin   Hagerstown Indiana
Relationship:  caretaker

I used to help take care of Paul he was a great guy and always had jokes to tell and a smile on his face.Sorry to see he passed but I know he wanted to be with Phyllis so badly now they will rejoicing in heaven
Sent:  6/26/2012
From: Linda (Staley) Porter   Richmond Indiana
Relationship:  Friend/former classmate of Debbie

Debbie, To you and your entire family my sympathies on the loss of Paul and prior loss recently of your Mother. It's been many years since we've been in touch but remember our high school years together and being freshman roommates at BSU. Lots of wonderful times shared and our parents also shared many good times visiting and traveling together.My Mother died recently and she often talked about your parents and a wonderful trip they took together to W.Va. and other spots on the way. Your parents were such good people and so much fun for everyone to be around. Sorry I cannot be with you, but know I thought highly of Paul and Phyllis and my thoughts and prayers are with all your family. Linda (Staley) Porter
Sent:  6/26/2012
From: Lynn Meier   new castle in
Relationship:  friend

Just recently learned of your father's death. I knew he and your Mother through the YMCA. What a joyful couple they inspired us and entertained us with their stories. I was blessed to have known them. My sympathy in your loss. Sincerely Lynn Meier
Sent:  6/29/2012

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