Joseph "Joe" Ely, 57 of Spring Valley passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at his residence. Joe was born on August 9, 1961 in Spring Valley to Charles and Rita (Merdian) Ely. He married Nancy Morris on October 10, 1987 in McNabb. He graduated from LaSalle Peru High School. Joe worked in maintenance for the City of Princeton for 20 years where he mowed the cemeteries. One of his hobbies was tractor pulling. Joe was a hard worker and enjoyed spending time with family and was lovingly called papa by everyone. Survivors are his mother, Rita Ely of Putnam; his wife, Nancy Ely of Spring Valley; three daughters, Connie Ely, Katie Ely, Sara Ely of Spring Valley: four brothers, Steve (Laura) Ely of Dixon, Dave Ely of Putnam, Bill Ely of Putnam and Kevin (Debbie) Ely of Granville; one sister, Charlene (Dave) Ryckaert of La Moille and two grandchildren, Sophie and Odin. He was preceded in death by his father in 1994 and one brother, Robert "Gus" Ely in 2018. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to donor's choice. Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.dcfunerals.com
Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Dysart - Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville. Fr. Patrick DeMeulemeester will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Hennepin. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Dysart - Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.