Robert Ellis Sr.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday in honor of Robert Perry Ellis Sr., at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville, Nev. Ellis died Feb. 1, 2005, in Fremont, Calif.
He was born March 5, 1925, in New York City to Lewis and Albertine Ellis. In 1943 he joined the Navy and served four years on the USS Belnap, USS Savannah, USS Marblehead, USS566 Cruiser and the USS Spokane. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in New York in 1948 and retired as chief quarter master. He was an active member of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 137 and past national chaplain of FRA, commander of Topaz VFW Post 3630, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the VFW Military Order of the Cootie.
He married Francis Finn on July 29, 1950. They had five children, Robert Ellis Jr. and Wayne Ellis of Gardnerville, John Ellis of Newark, Calif., Brenda Musich of Tracy, Calif.; and Randi Glass of Las Vegas, Nev. After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard he was employed by the Newark Unified School District until his retirement. They lived in Newark from 1958 to 1995. In 1995 they moved to Wellington, Nev. Francis, his wife of 51 years, died May 3, 2001. A very generous couple, the Ellises always gave to those in need. One year they bought two bicycles and other gifts for children to make their Christmas special. Volunteers for eight years at the Kid’s Fishing Derby, they also donated to organizations throughout the community and helped pick up items to be sold at the Topaz VFW Post 3630 annual garage sale.
He is survived by his five children; brother, Lewis Ellis Jr. of Santa Cruz, Calif.; daughters-in-law, Janet Ellis, Crista Ellis and Pamela Rodrigues; son-in-law, Bixby Musich; grandchildren, Ben Brian and Brianne Musich; and great-grandchildren, Brooklyne and Jordyne Musich.
Inurnment for Robert and Francis will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fernley Cemetery, Fernley, Nev. Anyone wishing to make donations may do so in his name to a charity of choice. Bob and Pam Ellis can be reached at (775) 265-1795.
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