Edward L. Ellis, 86, of Parsons died at 3:15 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village, St. Paul.
He was born Dec. 5, 1932, at Parsons a son of Orman and Mary Elizabeth (Steeby) Ellis. He grew up at Parsons and Altamont and moved to Beaumont, Texas, while in high school to live with his sister. He returned to Parsons after graduating.
On Sept. 2, 1951, he and Shirley D. Parlett were united in marriage at United Methodist Church at Altamont. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2014.
In March 1952 Ed enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served 20 years, retiring as an E-9 chief master sergeant. Places he was stationed included Izmir, Turkey (1953-1955), Vicenza, Italy (1958-1961) and Washington, D.C. (March 1958-November 1961). Upon retirement, he returned to Altamont and later Parsons and continued his service in the Air Force and Army Active Reserves. He also worked at Ellis Paint Co., LaForge and Budd Construction Co. and worked in communications and security for Day and Zimmermann at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant.
He was a lifelong member of Washington Avenue Methodist Church, and when the church burned, he was active in the building of Wesley United Methodist Church. He served on the board of trustees at Wesley and also the preschool board. He enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Swing N’ Twirl Square Dance Club at Altamont and Parsons for five years and was a square dance caller. He attended square dance nationals at Birmingham, Alabama, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was also a Boy Scout and volunteered many years with Habitat for Humanity.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Kelli Ellis of Las Vegas, Bruce and Julie Ellis of Springfield, Missouri, Mark and Trina Ellis of New Market, Maryland; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bill Ruble of Erie; a daughter-in-law, Marcia Ellis of Parsons; 11 grandchildren, Kristen Allexander of Great Bend, Stephanie Revell of New Boston, Texas, Courtney Hall-Munson of Lansing, Michigan, Amy Ellis of Bixby, Oklahoma, Michele McMillan of Sunset, Utah, Erin Ellis of Yorktown, Virginia, Bobbie Bogner of Parsons, Crystal Vanderford of Altamont, Bryce Ruble of Erie, Joshua Ellis of Baltimore and Brandon Ellis of San Antonio; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Comer of Houston.
In addition to his wife, Ed was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Ellis on April 11, 2008; a grandson, David Ellis; five brothers, Osborn, Jeff, Marvin, Bob and Bill Ellis; and two sisters, Oleta Holmes and Mattie Whitten.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church with Pat McReynolds officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military honors given by Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.