September 23, 1924 ~ August 26, 2012
Greece: Sunday, August 26, 2012. Born, Sept 23, 1924 in Rochester, NY. He is predeceased by parents; William and Anna; brother, William. Ellis is survived by his caring wife, Alice (66yr); daughter, Susan; sons Michael (Beverly) and Scott (Jennifer); grandsons, Aaron (Christine), Brett and Benjamin (Lindsay); granddaughter, Amy (John) Keller; great-granddaughters, Emma and Abby Faro and Grace and Kinsley Keller; brother, John; and nieces and nephews. Ellis served in WWII as a navigator in the 8th Air Force, flying 34 missions, 14 as lead navigator (squadron and group). He earned DFC and 5 air medal and was a life member of the 379th Bomb Group Association. More than 20 of his missions were flown in the B-17 01' Gappy (Topper) that flew more missions (157) than any other plane in the 8th Air Force. Ellis was employed by Bausch & Lomb, Early Settler (30+ years of service as corporate director of safety, employment wage and salary training) and worked 15 years with the Industrial Management Council of Rochester as manager and was vice-president of the Rochester Industrials Placement Services (now Rochester Business Alliance). He was a charter member and president of ASSE Genesee Valley Chapter, chair of the Fire Prevention Committee Rochester Safety Council, and BOCES 2 Employment Advisory Board (14yr.), among others. No prior calling. His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday (Sept 4th) 10:00 AM at Messiah Lutheran Church, Greece. Interment is at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy appreciated and may be directed to the charity of one's choice in Ellis's memory.