Robert EllisROSSVILLE – Robert E. Ellis, 86, of Rossville passed away at 9 p.m. Friday (May 28, 2010) at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Middlefork United Methodist Church in Potomac. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wolfe Funeral in Potomac. Burial will be in Potomac Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Rossville American Legion Post 733.
He was born Nov. 8, 1923, in Danville, the son of John and Helen Briggs Ellis. He married Dorothy Reed Estock on Dec. 10, 1960. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Mary Jo Ellis (Thomas) Stratton of Bloomington; two stepdaughters, Karen (Jim) Bryant of Odgen and Cindy Estock of Oakwood; four grandchildren, Michael (Laurie) Learned, Julee (Broc) Atwood, Kimberly Learned and Adam Bryant; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas Robert Learned, Katelyn Marie Learned and Britynn Paige Atwood; four stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Vivian R. Schultz; and a nephew, John Michael Schultz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Briggs, and infant sister Esther Mary.
After graduating from Danville High School, Bob became a proud Marine on June 16, 1941. He served on board the USS Enterprise in the Asiatic-Pacific area and completed his tour of duty on Oct. 17, 1945.
Bob returned to Danville where he began his railroad career with Conrail, retiring in 1984 after 38 years of service.
He was a member of the Rossville American Legion Post 733 and was a 50-year member of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite.
Bob was a man of the highest integrity. He shared with us a sharp intellect, a keen wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He loved life on the farm and took great pride in his garden. He enjoyed reading, mowing, taking care of many family pets over the years, playing cards, and he was a gifted storyteller. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. To know him was to love him, he will be deeply missed by all of us.
Memorials may be made to the Rossville American Legion or Middlefork United Methodist Church.