George Clifford Ellis

August 01, 1938 ‒ August 01, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

George Clifford Ellis was born August 1, 1938 and was the son of Floyd and Francis Ellis. He was a 1956 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. As a youth he was active in scouting and many outdoor activities including trapping and hunting. He began his long life of hard work as a paperboy delivering the Columbus Dispatch. He always had a love for trees and created many arboretums in his life.

George graduated from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio and acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Juris Doctorate degree. After passing the Ohio Bar he opened a law office in Millersburg, Ohio and eventually was elected prosecuting attorney of Holmes County, Ohio. While still in School, George joined the Ohio National Guard. He graduated from Officer’s Candidate School in 1964 and was commissioned second lieutenant. George was had an avid collector and restorer of WWII military vehicles and was a member of the Ohio Motor Pool and Military Preservation Association (MVPA)

George was co-owner of Ellis Brothers Inc., United Precast Inc. and CTS Inc. along with many other entrepreneurial pursuits.

George is survived by his children; Kristin Virginia Ellis of Galion, Ohio, John Pumphrey Ellis of Mount Vernon Ohio, Sarah Katherine Barth of Sydney, Australia; a brother, John D. Ellis of Mount Vernon, Ohio; a nephew, Jeff C. Ellis of Mount Vernon, Ohio; a niece, Jennifer Ellis Seltzer of Mount Vernon, Ohio; a sister, Mary Ellis Sandy of Sunbury, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Amanda Sheterom of Sunbury, Ohio , Lori Ann Keeton of Sunbury, Ohio, Elizabeth Reinbolt of Maineville, Ohio, Chad Carrington of Milford, Ohio and Matt Carrington of Chicago, Illinois.

George was preceded in death by a sister Virginia Carrington of Milford, Ohio.

Friends may call on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A military service provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will begin at 7 p.m. The family will observe a private burial in Brandon Cemetery.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of George Clifford Ellis.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family . I met George during a difficult time in my life, and I was new to the area. I had recently came home form a number of years over seas for the war in Iraq , and dealing with a number of issues and I was beside myself for quite some time. Then comes this man up my driveway in an old tired looking truck. He just starts talking to me candidly about how I drive like a maniac, and how he’s been chasing me since the square.

    He seen my plates on my truck and we started talking about everything from the Army to Masonic lodges in the area. He asked me to help him with some old Army trucks he rebuilds for parades and preservation. From that point I was hooked. We brought some trucks back to life, went to auctions, and traveled around hunting down as many trucks as he could get his hands on.

    George gave me a gift that day I wouldn’t realize for a few years. The ability to take the negative energy and anger from the aftermath of the war, and turn that energy in to the positive force . That out come was the finishing of a few historic and beautiful military vehicals. I will always be grateful for the time I knew this man. And because of him I will follow his lead, and restore history for everyone to enjoy, for the rest of my life. Thank you George,

  • One of the most memorable men I ever met, and one of the best friends one could have….a learned man with the common touch, George lived his life on his own terms, but would always help another in need…

  • Prayers for your family at the loss of this special man. I appreciated his caring about the preservation of WWII vehicles and his willingness to share them with the community during the Memorial Day parades over the years.

    He will be missed.

  • Our sympathy,thoughts and prayers are with the family. George was a stimulating thinker, became a good friend and an active participant in our Bible study group. His questions, challenges, legal acumen and curiosity about science and religion were a stimulus to discussion. I will sorely miss his friendship and insights. He never let us forget the importance of the sacrifices made particularly in WWII for our freedom.

  • To the Family of George Ellis,

    Our prayers out to each and everyone of you!
    I (Shirley) went through junior high and high school with George.
    Graduated with him.
    My father (Harry Hall) was a mason contractor, he had a lot of business
    with Ellis Brothers. When saw George, he would bring up my dad.
    “He was such a good man”
    He made a huge donation many years ago to the Class.

    Bless you all ,

    Shirley (Hall) & Bob Hull

  • Laura and I extend our Heartfelt Sympathies and Prayers to Mary Ellis Sandy and the Ellis Family and Extended Family and Close Friends and know that Such a Man of God is surely in his keeping at this time.

  • John and Jeff,
    Mitch and I very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • George was my best friend in high school. We spent many an hour together. We had lunch in my car with Tom Brown and Roger Rardin almost every day our senior year. I visited with George every time I had a chance to visit Mt Vernon. He was unique and will be missed.

  • My condolences to George’s family.

    George befriended my husband (Roger Chalfant) years ago. He asked my husband if he would ride with him in his military vehicles in the local parades. With my husband being in the military over 20 years, he readily said “yes”. George would stop by our house to talk with my husband on the front porch. George’s brother (John) soon became a friend of ours also. My husband helped John play guitar in the Autumn Daze band. George and John were guests at our table on several occasions. There never was a dull moment with George around. He sure did have some interesting stories to tell.

    After my husband died 6 years ago, George remained a good friend. He would visit and check up on me well after all others had faded away. He would bring various paperwork over and I would type and print them for him. I’ll always remember him sitting on the back porch swing and falling asleep. He did this more than once. When I asked him why he fell asleep on me, he said, “When I come over here, it’s so peaceful and quiet. And I enjoy your company so much that I feel relaxed enough to go to sleep. I don’t get much rest so I enjoy these moments of tranquility.” After about a year, he faded away as well. But I surely did appreciate the respect and kindness he bestowed upon my husband and me.

    Our paths crossed once again at the Lakeholm Nazarene Church. I was invited to the church by a friend and when I walked into the Agape Adult Bible Study Class, there was George. We both were surprised to see one another. It was indeed a pleasant surprise. He sure did add “spice” to the class. He shall be missed.

    I’m glad to have met George and his brother. George was George. No prestenses.

    Pauline Chalfant

  • Bill & Carol Edwards
    Our sympathy and Prayers are with the Ellis family. George attended our Sunday Bible Study regularly and he challenged us with his questions and remarks.
    He showed caring for all in the class, but especially for those who were in the
    George will be missed.

  • Marcia Davies McMahon

    My deepest sympathy to the Ellis family. We were neighbors during elementary through high school. He was unique and will be always remembered. The only time I was able to visit with George was during 1956 Class Reunion. He did visit my home several years ago during a trip to Florida. A person you would never forget.

  • My condolence to the Ellis family, and our prayers are with you during this time of loss.

    My family met George at the Lakeholm Nazarene Church shortly after we moved to Gambier, Ohio in 2003. George was certainly an interesting person with many strong ideas and opinions. He was quite funny on occasions, and passionate about his restoration of military vehicles. I will certainly miss seeing him bustling to his Sunday school class on Sunday mornings. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I did not know George, he sounds like the kind of man we can all be proud of and look up to. May God be with you all in comfort and healing.
    Vickie Dailey Burson

  • George was a friend of ours for many years. George and John were raised on the land we now own, so we had a common love of our farm and trees and our country. He was a unique soul. Our prayers are with the family. May the Lord comfort you and redeem the loss you experience.

  • George was a teacher at Big Walnut as I attended. We became friends we spoke about once a year and I enjoyed talking with him. He attended one of our class reunions. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • I meant George just a week prior to his death While passing by his home in Mount Vernon I noticed several military vehicles, two jeeps in particular when driving by. Being a lover of old Jeeps I stopped for a moment to speak with him. I am certainly glad that I did I spent the next 25 or 30 minutes talking with George as he showed me a number of vehicles in his collection that he had parked in a number of garages in the neighborhood around his home. George shared with me his knowledge of Jeeps and old Dodge quarter and three quarter ton trucks from World War II. He also pointed out to me several trees that he had planted and was obviously quite proud of. It is funny that he made such an impression on me In that short half an hour conversation and I have shared my conversation with him with others over the past week. I learned of his passing by chance while talking to a Mount Vernon fire men at a seminar in Columbus Ohio today. Thank you for your service to our country George and my condolences to your family. It was my pleasure to have met you.

  • Thanks for the memories, some very naughty but always fun….. Rest in peace my dear man.

    Rob Florer
    United Kingdom

  • Our family continues to lift the family of George Ellis in prayer during this time. I came to know the Ellis family (John’s, then George’s) through church and babysitting for their children; then through working at UPI. Years later my husband Gene and son Nathan met George when we attended Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene. May family and friends be comforted by and focused on our loving Lord in these days and beyond.

  • Rest in peace George Ellis thank you for always having a kind word to say to me and thank you for all the kind words you’ve said about my children rest in peace prayers for comfort and healing for your family

  • I send my deepest sympathy to the family of George Ellis. I have only known George for a couple of years,but he always seemed to make me giggle. The love he shared through words of his country & his lifetime accomplishments will forever live on. Rest in peace soldier of this great land

  • Mr Ellis

    Had several chats on religion, service, and legacy- The amazing thing about Mr. Ellis he gave so much behind the scenes. At times could be rough around the edges but he believed in giving back. Some of it was know, Most of it never broadcast. I know that he enjoyed Agape Class at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene- He appreciated the teachers and said ” David, Ted, and Charles really gave a man a lot to think about”

  • To the family of George Ellis,
    Please know that you all are in my thoughts. George and I were friends all during our
    high school years, and would try to catch up at the 1956 reunions.
    I was so sorry to hear of his death.
    Deanna Wright Lauer

  • George was a very interesting person.
    i will never forget our first meeting. Had he not knoen my late father that meeting might have gone quite differently. But that is a storty for another time.
    my condolences to fmily and friends.