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Jack Wayne Ellis

October 31, 1944October 14, 2020

Jack Wayne Ellis, 75, of Caldwell, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, 14 October 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Jack was born in Olmstead, KY on 31 October 1944, to John Edward and Ida Ester Ellis. At the age of 4, his mother and father moved him, his sister and brothers to Moline, KS, where he attended school and graduated from Moline High School in 1962.

In July of 1965, Jack enlisted in the United States Army. After completing his basic training in Fort Lewis, Washington, he served in Vietnam as a Turbine Helicopter Mechanic in the 161st Aviation Company, 14th Battalion, 17th Group where he served as Crew Chief until he was honorably discharged in May of 1967 after having served nearly 2 years. During his service to our country, Jack was awarded several medals and commendations.

After returning home from Vietnam, Jack began a career as a boiler maker, traveling across the southern United States, mainly focusing on the welding of large petroleum tanks and water towers.

In 2002, Jack married his wife, Vera Stanly Ellis. The 2 remained wed until her death in the summer of 2019.

Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Vera, his parents John and Ida, his sister Francis and 6 of his 7 brothers, Bob, John, Bill, E.W., Horace and Ben Gary. He is survived by his brother Doug Ellis and wife Karlita, of Elkton, KY, his 3 children, Gene Ellis and wife Sharon of Belton, TX, Robin Hofstra and husband Travis of Spring, TX and Ryan Ellis, and wife Tristan of North Liberty, IA, 8 grandchildren, Courtney, Brandon, Loren, Cody, Brittany, Emily, Braden and Kallen, and 3 great grandchildren, Jared, Bryson and Sophia.

Services for Jack will be held at Forest Park East in Webster, Texas on Saturday 17 October 2020. The family will receive visitors for the deceased from 1pm until 3pm followed by a Celebration of Life and graveside service at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the ASPCA at or to the 100 Club of Central Texas at in remembrance of Jack Ellis.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020


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Monty Miller

October 15, 2020

Hilde and I are so sorry for your loss of your Dad. The stories you have shared let us come to know him. It was always evident that there was so much love shared in the stories about your Dad. He was a great American in a time when many were not and stood for America when he was called.
God bless your Dad and your whole family.
Monty and Hilde Miller

Gayle Brown

October 15, 2020

There is not much I can share about your Dad that you don't already know. One of qualities I didn't always like but very much admired was he was always himself. He never minced words or tried to impress people. I remember many years ago a 2 week road trip our families took together. Jack's ability to always have humor and a good spirit in spite of a lot of obstacles during that trip was admired. The stories I am hearing about his final days make me again admire how he stared death in the eyes and met it head on. Of course, having the Lord there with you makes all things possible. Jack was a proud Dad to all three of you and I loved him so much for that. More than anything I admired and loved him for the love and home he gave to my Dad during the final years of his life. He loved him as if he were his own. I am praying for your comfort and your peace as your Dad joins his family members and Vera in Heaven. I know Dennis, Daddy and Fred were there when the Lord walked Him through those pearly gates. I can only imagine some of the joy there. There is no doubt in my mind your Dad graduated Summa Cum Laude from this earth on October 14th. Through the sadness and tears how proud you must have been. I love you all.


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