Marcus Nelson Ellis, 94, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. He was born July 10, 1922 in Henry County near Knightstown to Frank and Pansy (Davis) Ellis, both deceased. He was married to his beloved wife, Dorothy Evelyn Ellis, for over 69 years.
Marc graduated from Mays High School in 1940 and entered Cincinnati Bible College until the beginning of WWII. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program and became a B24 pilot, flying with the 15th AAF 459 +BG in Italy. He graduated from Ball State University in 1947. He taught Industrial Education and coached at Morristown, Mays, Rushville and Knightstown (where he was Teacher of the Year in 1970) for 30 years.
Marc was a member of Center Christian Church for over 60 years, where he served as elder and teacher. He served as Trustee of Center Township for 12 years.
Marc was a life member of the Optimist Club, a member of the Lion's Club, VFW, American Legion and Rush County Honor Guard. As a member of the Rush County Veterans Foundation he designed the Veteran's Memorial Bridge in North Veteran's Park in Rushville, as well as designing Veteran's Memorial in East Hill Cemetery. He designed many buildings, including the gazebo at Knightstown Square and the bell tower at Center Christian Church. He was Scout Master of Troop 26 for 10 years. He loved his family and community. He gave many hours to community service using his many skills. Marc also owned and operated Raintree Airport during the 70's on their family farm in northern Rush County.
Marcus is survived by children, Gregory (Elsi) Ellis of Washington, Jenny Beth Kimberly and Anna (Keith) Welch of Carthage, grandson L. Marc (Megan) Harris and great granddaughter Temple Dorothy. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, sisters Olive Mattox, Frances Morgan and brother Claude Ellis.
Services will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Center Christian Church. There will be a fellowship time for family and friends from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The service to celebrate the life of Marcus Nelson Ellis will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. There will not be a graveside service although military honors will be given to conclude the service.
Deacons and Elders of Center Christian Church will be in charge of the service with the oversight of Burns Funeral Home of Milroy. Darryl Denney, Minister of Center Christian Church, will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Center Christian Church. Funeral services entrusted to Burns Funeral Home, Milroy.
Published on March 19, 2017