John Robert Ellis, 86, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center, Mitchell.
Born July 19, 1930, in South Bend, he was the son of John Kern and Anna Elizabeth (Grabner) Ellis. He married Jan Arlene Hoover on December 24, 1951, and she preceded him in death October 27, 2006.
John retired from Dana Corporation and was a lifelong farmer and gardener. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250. John was a member of the Mitchell Lions Club.
Survivors include his children, Michael John Ellis of Jeffersonville, Robert Mark Ellis of Mitchell, and Katherine Ann (Michael) Avery of Jeffersonville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan Hert (Gene) Atchison of Mitchell, Marilyn Wright of Orinda, California.
His parents; wife and siblings, Richard Ellis, James Ellis, and Elizabeth Bever, preceded him in death.
Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Mitchell.
Condolences to the family may be sent to www.chastainfuneralhome.com
Published on  March 21, 2017