Robin Marion “Birdman” Ely

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Robin Marion “Birdman” Ely, 69, of Toledo, passed away on Sunday May 20, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his family. He was born March 18, 1949, to Neal and Gladys Ely in Monroe, Michigan. Robin was a star athlete in multiple sports at Monroe High School, and he was known by his peers and coaches as “Birdman.” He later proudly served in the United States Army as a military policeman in the Vietnam War. Then, on June 15, 1971, Robin married Deborah Klatt, moved to Toledo, and eventually raised their five children together. Robin was a dedicated skilled tradesman with Ford Motor Company in Monroe for 35 years until he retired in 2008, and later went on to work for Neapco Drivelines in Belleville, Michigan. Some joked around calling him a true “workaholic,” but Robin had a very strong work ethic and took great pride in ensuring the needs of his family were always met. Robin was a loving and devoted family man and an excellent provider. He also enjoyed cooking and was great at it, and he was an avid Michigan Wolverines fan. Robin exemplified the true definition of selflessness. What made him happy was seeing others happy and taken care of. Robin is survived by his wife, Deborah; mother, Gladys; brother, Eric; sister, Kim; father-in-law, Robert Klatt; sons, Robert and Curtis; daughters, DeAnna, Adrienne (Ahmad), and Stephanie (Jason); grandchildren, Brennen, Alyssa, Brysen, Mary, Blake, and Silas; as well as great-grandchild, Alecia, and his nieces and nephews as well as other extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, Neal, and his sister, Terry. We mourn our greatest loss, yet celebrate his greatest victory, being reunited with the Lord in heaven. A graveside service was held Thursday May 24, in the Chapel of Memories, Toledo Memorial Park, 6382 Monroe Street, Sylvania. Deacon Beisser officiated. Immediately following were full military honors. Memorial donations in memory of Robin can be made to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at hoeningfuneralhome.com

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