Robert Ellenberger, 83

Posted on January 21, 2013

Robert Ellenberger, 83, a long-time and well-known Auctioneer/Realtor in Bluffton, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Wells County, to Jesse and Mary Ellenberger.
He joined the company of Ellenberger Brothers in 1949 and became a partner with his uncle, Dale Ellenberger.  They enjoyed this partnership for the next 30-plus years.
He was active in the Indiana Auctioneers Association. He served as president in 1976 and continued to serve on the board for 11 years.  He was awarded the Auctioneer of the Year honor in 1974.
He was appointed by Gov. Robert Orr in 1982 to serve on the Indiana Auctioneers Commission, and was reappointed in 1985 and 1988. He was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award, presented by Gov. Orr in 1991.
In 2009, Robert joined Coldwell Banker Holloway & Holloway Auction to continue working full-time selling real estate and serving as a consultant and mentor to the Holloway Auction Co.
He was the president of Adams, Jay, Wells Board of Realtors in 1964, the Realtor of the Year in 1979 and 2005, and in 2011 was inducted into the UPSTAR Alliance of Realtors Hall of Fame.  The award is given as a lifetime achievement award that spans Robert’s career of more than 60 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne. He is also survived by two sisters and one brother. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Calling hours are 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home.  A service celebrating Robert’s life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Chad Ringger and Life Celebrant Jeff Lemler officiating.  Burial will be at the Six Mile Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to the Wells County Arts, Commerce and Visitors Centre Maintenance Fund in care of the Wells County Foundation, the Wells County Animal Care Fund in care of the Wells County Foundation, First We Care, or to the First United Methodist Church.
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