Rory J. "'Chip'" Elsass

September 6, 1956 - January 29, 2020
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Rory J. ‘Chip’ Elsass, age 63 of Celina, passed Wednesday morning at his residence. He was born September 6, 1956 in Lima, Ohio to the late Gerald M. and Carmen Joan Bodey Elsass. On May 16, 1992 he married LeAnn J. Clevenger, who survives in Celina.

On January 3, 2020 ‘Chip’ retired from Pepsi and is a member of the Wapakoneta Community Worship Center. He was a great bowler and a Cleveland Browns fan. He loved collecting Pepsi items, Santa Clauses, Tootsie Cars, and tools.

Also surviving are 2 sons – Joshua J. (Jennifer) Elsass of Fryburg; Kevin D. (Sheena) Knight of Denver, CO; 3 daughters – Tricia N. (Sean) Noffsinger of Wapakoneta; Stephanie N. (Jeremy) Rollins of Whitwell, TN; Laura E. (Juan) Knight of Indianapolis, IN; 9 grandchildren – Austin, Blaine, Olivia, Grace, Noah, Landon, Victoria, Elizabeth, and Alexander; a brother – Shawn Elsass of Gonzales, CA; and a sister – Debby (Donald) Lillard of Bellefontaine.

He was preceded in death by a sister – Dianna Focht who died October 6, 2018 and a nephew – Ryan Lillard who died August 18, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Service to follow immediately after visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

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Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: September 6, 1956
Died: January 29, 2020

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Sharon Lawrence posted on 2/1/20

In memory of Rory J. "'Chip'" Elsass, Sharon Lawrence lit a candle


Sharon Lawrence posted on 1/31/20

We always enjoyed the short time we saw Chip each week, delivering our order to the station ... Not many delivery drivers we consider friends, but he was one. We definitely miss him! Our condolences to the family.. Rick and Sharon Alexander


Trisha Jeffries posted on 1/30/20

Chip was a great guy. He delivered Pepsi to my job for years and also worked with my husband at Pepsi. I am at a loss for words at the news. R.I.P. Chip you are gone but definitely not forgotten. Trisha The Fountain


kathy l. bender (Sidener) posted on 1/30/20

Chip and I went to St. Matthew's Lutheran church together and were in the same confirmation class. We later ran into each other when he was delivering Pepsi to the Wapak pool. He was a great guy. May you feel God's peace and love through this difficult time.


Penny (Simes) Daley posted on 1/30/20

I was so shocked to hear of your passing Chip! I will always remember the fun times at Uncle Bob's reunions. My thoughts and prayers are with Josh and Trisha as they go through this very difficult time. My prayers are also with your family and friends. R.I.P. Chip.


Annette Siegler posted on 1/30/20

Chip was a great cousin. Always friendly, talkative, and showed up at the Elsass family reunions. I'm sad he left this life so early. I will keep his family in my prayers. Traveling to see my sister on Friday so will not be around for services


Cindy (Clark) Miller posted on 1/30/20

Shawn and Debbie, My heart is absolutely broken for you. There simply are no words. Please know we care, are hurting and have you in our thoughts and prayers. Chip was always quiet, but always smiling, kind. All my Love


LISA AUFDERHAAR posted on 1/30/20

LeAnn, I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Holding all of you in my prayers!


Trenton posted on 1/30/20

We will all miss you


Kathy Pena posted on 1/30/20

So sorry for your loss.


Rita Zimpher posted on 1/29/20

Chip, You was a great brother in law you was the greatest person I will ever know I will miss you so much and I really liked your wife and your family RIP Chip everybody loved you and you never met a stranger you were a great person to everyone I Love You Chip I will miss you!


Mandi morris posted on 1/29/20

In memory of Rory J. "'Chip'" Elsass, Mandi morris lit a candle


Mandi posted on 1/29/20

In memory of Rory J. "'Chip'" Elsass, Mandi lit a candle


Mandi posted on 1/29/20

In memory of Rory J. "'Chip'" Elsass, Mandi lit a candle


Patty Richardson posted on 1/29/20

Love, thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Hugs....Terry & Patty 💕