Ellis Bowman Wisler, Jr.

July 3, 1935May 1, 2018

Ellis B. Wisler, Jr, age 82, died May 1, 2018. He grew up in Ellerslie, MD and from there joined the US Navy.

He played football at George Washington University where he also received a Masters degree. Ellis was drafted by legendary coach Vince Lombardi to play for the Green Bay Packers. After an injury, he assisted with coaching at the University of Maryland and the farm Club 4 of the Redskins: the Buckskins. He was head coach at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington until he joined Madison College’s football team in 1972 as Defensive Coordinator. He later owned and managed the Trophy Shop, Harrisonburg, until his death.

Along with his passion for football, he loved the Harrisonburg Elks Lodge #450. Ellis was a warm and easy-going man who loved animals and was kind to everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Erika Wisler, of Harrisonburg, along with nieces and nephews in Maryland, Missouri and Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jessi Wisler, his brother, Howard, and his parents, Ellis B. Wisler, Sr. and Marguerite Wisler .

A final “toast” and memorial for Ellis will be held at the Harrisonburg Elks Lodge #450, Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 3:00 pm.


  • Erika Wisler, Wife
  • A Number Of, Nieces & Nephews
  • A Number Of, In-Laws
  • Jessi Wisler, Daughter
  • Marguerite Wisler, Mother
  • Ellis B. Wisler, Sr., Father
  • Howard Wisler, Brother


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ellis Bowman Wisler, Jr.

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Sandy Shomo

May 22, 2018

I want to thank you for you and Ellis taking us to Chincoteague/Assateague in the early '70s when we were neighbors in Eastover. It became our special place to visit numerous times a year until he could no longer travel. Those memories are so very special to me now that he's passed.
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your daughter and now Ellis. May your memories sustain you and Gods' Love bless you
Love, Sandy Shomo

Brenda Babcock

May 19, 2018


You have had a very difficult year having lost your only daughter and now Ellis. You have my greatest sympathy because of so much loss. Thinking of you.


Thomas Manley

May 14, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Ellis passing. I did business for years with Ellis and Erika at the Trophy Shop and Shirt Shack, and they were always honest and dependable. I always enjoyed talking to Ellis, a truly good guy. My deepest condolences to Erika.