Harold Earl Ellis 88, Philadelphia Mo., passed away Thursday, Nov, 7, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Barbara Jean Ellis 83, his wife of 65 years, passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra, Mo.
Harold was born on July 9, 1931, to James and Emma Coleman Ellis in South Dakota.
Barbara was born on Sept. 9, 1936, to Gola and Dorothy Oliver Jones in Hannibal, Mo.
Harold married Barbara Jean Jones on June 21, 1954, in Hannibal.
Survivors include their sons, Rodney (Pam) Ellis, Orfordville, Wisc.; Roger (Julie) Ellis, Beloit Wisc.; and Kevin (Lisa) Ellis, Janesville, Wisc; Harold’s sister, Betty Vance, Hannibal; Barbara’s brothers, Hubert “Butch” Jones (Sharon), Hannibal; and Oliver Jones (Carol), Georgia; grandchildren, Brandon Ellis, Stephen Ellis, Brandy Jordan (Alynn) and Heather Hasseler (Bradley); great-grandson, Jacob Ellis; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.
Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents, one infant brother and one infant sister.
Harold served his country in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War.
Professionally Harold drove a truck for Leeser Trucking in Palmyra, before working for the Beloit Corporation in Beloit, Wisc., for over 20 years until retirement.They then moved to Arkansas where he worked for Walmart in the automotive department for another 10 years.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.
Barbara also worked in manufacturing. She worked in the packing department of Pate’s Foods in South Beloit, Ill. She was a homemaker and enjoyed dancing, singing and listening to music. They both loved spending time together with family.
They were Christian by faith.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Burial with full military rites, performed by Boots-Dickson American Legion Post #174, will be at Little Union Baptist Church Cemetery in rural Palmyra. Rev. Dewayne Larenson will officiate.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.
Memorial may be given to the donor’s choice.
Online condolence may be made at www.lewisbrothersfuneralchapel.