Ernest Eugene Eli, known to his many friends as Gene, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 22, 2022, at his home. He was 95 years old. Mr. Eli was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1926, the son of Ernest T. Eli and Blanche Chambers Eli. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, his last service on the USS Carlisle. Mr. Eli was known for his charm and wit. He retired from the travel industry after a long career working for several airlines and operating his own travel agency. Mr. Eli was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the American Legion, the Lions Club and the American Society of Travel Agents.
He had two daughters with his first wife, Patricia Joan Eli, and a stepson with his second wife, Patricia Ann Eli. Mr. Eli is survived by his daughter, Lauren Gilbert and her husband, Ed Gilbert, his daughter, Karen Eli and his two children and grandson, and his son-in-law, Michael Kessie, his wife Marilyn Kessie and his son Joshua Kesie. He was very fond of Roger Brandner, his wife Jennifer and their children. Mr. Eli was also very fond of Sherry Ferguson, his primary caregiver. Her devoted care kept her in her home and extended her life. He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Patricia Ann Eli, his son-in-law Tim Malone and other family members and friends.
Donations to Meals on Wheels, Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Lions Club would be appreciated. Kratz – Portage Funeral Home is helping the family make arrangements.