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James M. Ellis


James M. Ellis

Aug. 8, 1935- Dec. 18, 2010

James M. Ellis of Eagle River, 75, passed away Dec. 18, 2010, at Elmendorf Air Force Base hospital where he had been a patient since Dec. 2. At his request, no funeral will be held. His body was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Ellis was born Aug. 8, 1935, to James and Estelle Ellis at McComb, Miss.

He joined the Air Force in October 1952 and served 20 years, with two tours in Korea and had duty in Iwo Jima and Okinawa, during that time. He served in Germany and a tour in Vietnam, plus six stateside bases.

After military retirement, he worked at Litten Industries in Missouri. In 1974 he moved to Washington and was employed at Bremerton Naval Ship Yard. In 1977, he moved to King Salmon and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration. In 1979, he moved to Eagle River and worked at the Fort Richardson Power Plant until he medically retired.

Ellis was a longtime active member of the VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River. He loved Alaska and especially enjoyed fishing with his friends and enjoyed the beauty of Alaska outdoors. He leaves many good friends and will be sadly missed. His family takes comfort knowing he is no longer in pain.

He is survived by his son Scott, and wife Lois, with whom he shared 32 years of marriage, both of Missouri; his brother Bill Ellis of Vicksburg, Miss.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael, four brothers and his parents.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 at Eagle River VFW Post 9785.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, December 29, 2010.