Eddie B. Ellis, 86, a resident of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.
He was born May 21, 1926, in Linton, to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Edward Ellis.
He was a graduate of Midland High School and Indiana State Teachers College.
Mr. Ellis was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in France and Germany in the tanks corps under the command of Gen. George Patton.
He worked many years at Stark and Wetzel Co. in Indianapolis and retired from Coca-Cola Co. in Indianapolis, serving as a data processor for both companies.
He married Lillian Barbara Jones Ellis in 1961, and she preceded him in death.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; a twin sister who died at birth; and stepmother, Sarah Ellis.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Jean Crawl Ellis of Franklin; two cousins, Frank and Barbara Willis of Florida; sister-in-law Carole Jones Day of Indianapolis; stepson Chris (Karen) Crawl of Columbus; stepdaughter Aimee Bomar of Bulington, Ky.; three stepgrandchildren, Dillon Bomar, Taryn Bomar and Janan (David) Jones of Franklin; and six great-stepgrandchildren.
He was a member of Linton Masonic Lodge No. 560, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine.
He enjoyed most sports, especially basketball, football and the Indy 500.
Eddie was a kind, gracious and loving individual, and we were blessed to have had him in our lives.
The Rev. Charles Stanley will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ransford Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St. in Franklin. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Additional visitation will be from noon until the service time Thursday at Ransford Chapel. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.