Marvin Eugene Ellis

September 22, 1947 ‒ December 21, 2017

Westerville, Ohio

Marvin Eugene Ellis, age 70 of Westerville died Thursday morning, December 21, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 22, 1947 in Portsmouth, Ohio the son of the late Harold Edward and Pauline (Tackett) Ellis.

Marvin is now reunited with his beloved wife, Judy Ellis, who preceded him in death in 2011.

Marv was a 1965 graduate of Portsmouth High school and a Veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Vietnam during the war as a weapons specialist.  After his honorable discharge, he committed himself to a life of service as a member of the 55th recruiting class of the Columbus Police Department.  His service spanned 3 decades, retiring in 2007. During the early nineties, Marv was partial owner of the family owned Creme Corner in Sunbury. He was also partial owner of the Sunbury Car Wash in the mid to late eighties.

He held membership in the FOP, Capital City Lodge #9.

Marv enjoyed fishing and boating and was quite the gun enthusiast.  In addition, he was also an avid OSU Football and Blue Jackets Hockey fan.

He was the life of any party, had a wonderful sense of humor, and could play a mean hand of Euchre. Marv was well known for his amazing story-telling ability.  After a lifetime in military and police work, he had numerous stories to tell and his friends and family enjoyed listening to those stories time after time.

Marv will be deeply missed by his daughters Jennifer (Ellis) Powell and her husband Jeff of Gahanna, Jessica Ellis of Columbus, and Denise (Anklam) Drewes and her husband Bob of Washington State; his granddaughters Emma and Grace Powell; brother Paul (Sandy) Ellis of North Port, Florida; sister Patricia (James) Chandley of Howard; brother-in-law Lester Shiveley of North Port, Florida; his beloved dog, Maverick; and many loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends including Marv’s long-time best friend and CPD partner, Steve Kelley.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his sister Janice Shiveley.

A celebration of Marvin’s Life will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 1-4 PM at the FOP, Capital City Lodge #9, 6800 Schrock Hill Ct, Columbus, OH 43229.

Memorial Contributions may be made to United Service Organizations (USO) 800-876-7469 www.uso.org or Humane Society of Delaware County 4920 St. Rt. 37 E, Delaware OH 43015 (740) 369-7387 www.hsdcohio.org.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Marvin’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • We met Marv in 2003 when we moved to Freeman Road. He was a great neighbor, helping in so many ways with anything and everything! What a great guy! Our sincere sympathies and condolences to his family.
    Sheila & Doc Freeman

  • Marv has been a wonderful friend for many years,started in the police department and was great to be with in the robbery squad,fantastic story teller, My best wishes to your family.

  • My deepest & most sincere condolences to all of Marv’s family. Our blue family grieves with you. Marv was my 2nd coach in 1982 as I was learning the ropes of becomong a police officer. Although we didn’t work together after that during our police careers, we remained friends throughout those decades. His friendly personality, caring heart & sense of humor will be missed. May all of your wonderful memories of him & made with him bring you comfort at this most difficult time. Prayers & hugs for all of you.

  • My deepest & most sincere condolences to all of Marv’s family. Our blue family grieves with you. Marv was my 2nd coach in 1982 as I was learning the ropes of becoming a police officer. Although we didn’t work together after that during our police careers, we remained friends throughout those decades. His friendly personality, caring heart & sense of humor will be missed. May all of your wonderful memories of him & made with him bring you comfort at this most difficult time. Prayers & hugs for all of you.

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ellis family.
    I worked with/around Marv on 3 pct for a couple of years and got to know the story teller and jokester. What a character. You couldn’t be in a bad mood for long around him. I’m sure he has St. Peter rolling on heavens floor.
    I know he will be missed here but he’ll have new stories when we see him again.

  • I remember back in the early 80’s I had the opportunity to work with Marv. I kept getting lost on runs. So, he took me under his wings and had me follow him on any 2 officer run. I never had anyone treat me with such respect and caring.
    Ret. Sgt. Dan Guthrie

  • Marv was always jolly, funny and kind; wonderful personality and sense of humor.
    My condolences to the family. Belle Hillman (Retired CPD)

  • Nathan & I met Marv when we first moved to Columbus through his partner & our brother-in-law Steve Kelley. It was such an honor to count this wonderful man among our friends. We will miss him terribly.

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