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Obituary for Christopher Ellis

August 27, 1961 - August 19, 2019
Elyria, Ohio | Age 57

Loving Son, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Chef


CHRISTOPHER ELLIS, of Elyria, OH, went home to be with the Lord August 19, 2019, after bravely battling a series of illnesses for many years.
Born August 27, 1961, in Elyria, he spent his childhood in Lorain. After attending Lorain City Schools, he moved to Booneville, NC, where he graduated from Starmont High School. He earned a degree from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services.
Christopher developed a love of cooking and building recipes helping prepare meals for his family, which lead to him graduating from the Culinary Arts School of Washington, DC. He remained in the city for several years, working as a chef for the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Planet Hollywood and Ingleside Rock Creek Retirement Community.
Following his return to Ohio, he lived in Westlake and then Elyria, working as a chef for the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, then Elyria Wesleyan Village. He last was employed as the Chef-Manager at the Lord Saunders Dining Hall Oberlin College.
A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season-ticket holder, he also enjoyed watching tennis, track and field, working in his yard and entertaining family and friends in his home.
He was a member of Sidonia Masonic Lodge FHA 93 of Elyria.
Survivors include his father, Richard Ellis Sr.; brothers Richard Ellis Jr. (Pam) of Lorain and Madry L. Ellis (Tamera) of Columbus; stepsister Melissa M. Moncrief of Cleveland; children LaChrisha Todd of Lorain, Lawrence Ellis of Elyria and Deamond Ray of Louisville, KY; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his uncle Conrad Ellis of Oberlin; close cousins Brenda Hutchinson of Willingboro, NJ, and Ira Cooper of Elyria; "sisters" Stephanie McMillan of Lorain and Yvette Dani English of Elyria; former wife Teresa Dowell; and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Christopher was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Huston Ellis; step-mother, Sharon Ellis; aunt, Faith Ellis; uncle, Thomas Ellis, Jr.; maternal grandparents Leonard and Roxie Huston; and paternal grandparents Thomas and. Margurite Ellis Sr.
Memorials may be made in the name of Christopher Ellis to the Third Floor Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit of University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.

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