Robert “Bob” O. “Red” Ellis, 90, of Gardner, passed away Dec. 16, 2013 at Vintage Park.
Robert was born March 5, 1923 in Cuba, Ill. to Carl Miller and Winnie Flow (Harris) Ellis. He grew up in Illinois, graduating from Farmington High School in 1941.
Bob worked on the farm until getting drafted into the Army in 1943. He was discharged in 1946 and then later re-entered the service during the Korean Conflict with the Navy. After two and a half years, he was sent to a Naval Air Station in Olathe, Kan. where he met his future wife. He worked in civil service as a heavy equipment operator for Olathe Naval Air Station, Richard Gebaur Air Force Base, and then Ft. Leavenworth, retiring in 1987. Bob attended the Gardner Friends Church and was a member of the Gardner Masonic Lodge No. 65, American Legion, VFW, Enlisted Association of America and the Navy Seabee Veterans of America. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Bob married Stella Frances Byrd on Feb. 16, 1956, in Kansas City, Mo.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Stella in 2006, daughters, Sylvia Moore and Joy Ellen Stone and brother, Carl Harris Ellis.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lucille and husband Ronnie Chambers, of Jonesboro, Ark.; sister, Virginia Flo Glad, of Canton, Ill.; four grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren.
Bob will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 19, 2013 at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, KS (913)856-7111. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Dec. 21, 2013 at Emerson Funeral Home, 1629 E. Nettleton Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, also at the funeral home. Burial follows at Jonesboro Memorial Park, Jonesboro, AR with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner American Legion. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.