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home : obituaries : local obituaries November 19, 2017

10/31/2017 3:31:00 PM
Donald O. Jellison Jr.
Feb. 25, 1937 - Oct. 29, 2017

Donald O. Jellison Jr., 80, of Noblesville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville

He was born Feb. 25, 1937, to Donald O. and Ruth (Deal) Jellison in Marion.

He served as editor of the Hamilton County Reporter newspaper, was a sports writer and editor for the Noblesville Ledger and sports writer for the Times newspaper. During that time Mr. Jellison received the Indiana District III Basketball Coaches Award for his outstanding contributions to Indiana high school basketball and received the IHSAA Distinguished Media Service award winner for District III.

He was named to the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Hamilton County Basketball Hall of Fame. Mr. Jellison was selected as the 2016 Noblesville Alumnus of the Year.

He served as state commissioner for Babe Ruth Baseball for 25 years and coached in the Noblesville Babe Ruth program and Noblesville Youth Baseball.

He was a member of Fishers United Methodist Church.

He had attended both Butler University and Earlham College.

Survivors include his wife, Mattijane Jellison; son, Jeff D Jellison; step-children, Martha King, Jonathan King, and Marcie Judge; and seven grandchildren, Shelby Jellison, Zack Jellison, Drake Jellison, Vaughan Epperson, Matthew Epperson, Joshua Judge, and Cameron Judge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Jellison; and his sister, Jean Frye.

Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, Noblesville, with Pastor Terry Coomer officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery in Westfield.

Condolences: www.randallroberts.com

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Article comment by: Ron Wilson

As a kid my cousin & I were Bat Boys for Jelly's Baseball Team: Our pay was a coke after the game, and we got to keep all the broken bats after each game: With a few small nails & black electrical tape those Bats were good as new ! I Can't help but wonder how many future "NOBLESVILLE MILLER" Baseball Players used those bats over the next 10 years...:Many earning Baseball Scholarships too... Jelly was a great guy & I will miss my Old Friend...

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