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Dr. Ronald "Buzz" Ellis

July 24, 1935 ~ May 11, 2022 (age 86)

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Dr. Ronald “Buzz” Ellis of Phoenix, Arizona, and formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away on May 11, 2022. He was born in Covington, Kentucky, on July 24, 1935, and lived in Ohio and Arizona throughout his lifetime. Dr. Ellis is survived by his wife, Bari Lane Ellis, two daughters, Rian Vonnahme and Tracy Kirby, six grandchildren (Kristopher, Brandon, Kyle, Elisa, Nathaniel, and Thomas), two great-grandchildren (Eleanor and Everett), and one more on the way.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, a Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate in Administration from Arizona State University. He played high school, college, and professional basketball, and is one of handful of individuals to participate in professional sports and earn a doctorate. Throughout his career he was a teacher, coach, and administrator at the high school, college, and university levels, and in 1968 coached a state championship team in Ohio.


Cryptside Service
June 18, 2022

9:00 AM
Paradise Memorial Gardens
9300 E. Shea Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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