GENEVA — Elba Dingess Sr., age 80, of Madison, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at The Geneva Village Retirement Center.
He was born August 20, 1933, to John and Lake (Cantrell) Dingess. Elba married Mattie Martin in Wharncliffe, W.Va., on Sept. 13, 1952.
Elba retired from Rail Road work after 30 years of service, and continued working with the Mentor Schools and Morton Salt Company. He enjoyed gardening, tractors, and collecting model trains. Elba was a great story teller and animal lover—but most of all, he loved his family and dotted over his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elba is survived by his sons, Elba (Sandy Chudzik) Dingess Jr., Edward (Jennifer) Dingess and Paul (Patty) Dingess; daughter, Susie Dingess; grandchildren, Rob (Janette) Dingess, Shanna Dingess, Melissa Dingess, Tina Panich and Daniel Dingess; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Tyler Bisbee, and Ashton, Nicholas and Zachery Panich; sister, Sarah Jane Fly; and loving caregiver, Diana Dingess. Elba also leaves behind his loved dog and faithful friend, “Spike.”
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie; parents; sisters, Irene Mitchum, Betty Martin and Shirley Mercer; and brothers, Lawrence Dingess, Jerry Dingess and Willie Dingess.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25th, at THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 26 River St., Madison, Ohio 44057.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26th, at the Funeral Home. Final interment will be at Harpersfield Cemetery.
The family suggest contributions be sent to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004.
Obituary and condolences at www.behmfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.