Homer Asbury Ellis Jr., age 82 of Nevada passed away on Friday, November 21, 2008 at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., following a short illness. He was born on Sept. 22, 1926, in Nevada to Homer A. Ellis Sr. and Lillie Pearl Ruddick Ellis. Homer was married in 1950 to LaUna Jean Houchin and she preceded him in death in 1982. He was married to Nancy Prideaux in 1984 and she survives in Louisburg, Kan.
Homer was a lifelong resident of Nevada. He graduated from Nevada High School in 1944. He then served in the United States Air Force just before the war ended. Following the service he went to the University of Missouri-Columbia where he graduated in 1949. He then returned home to the family furniture business, Ellis Furniture, where he continued to work until present day. Homer was a member of the First Baptist Church. He also was a member of the BPO Elks No. 564 of Nevada, past member of Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, American Legion, former Nevada City Councilman and Mayor, Nevada Country Club, and supporter of the Nevada Senior Center.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Nancy, include five children, Debby Lawless, of Nevada, Peggy Heathman and her husband Loren of Nevada, Beth Ellis, of Overland Park, Kan., Chris Ellis and his wife Peggy, of Nevada, and Mary Kay Ellis, of Nevada; seven grandchildren, Chuck Johnson and his wife Angie, of El Dorado Springs, Jennifer Greer and her husband Stephen, of Kansas City, Tim Fox, of Nevada, Kenny Fox, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Monica, Elisha, and Emmaly Ellis, of Nevada; three great-grandchildren, two stepchildren, Christine Hughes and her husband Brad, of Louisburg, Kan., and Jeff Turner and his wife Teresa, of Louisburg, Kan.; three step-grandchildren, Sarah Hughes, Lucas Turner and Holly Turner, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife LaUna, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother A.D. Ellis and one sister, Henrietta Mahood.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., today, Nov. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Nevada with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Newton Burial Park. Friends may call from now until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m., on Monday evening at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute in his memory to the Nevada Senior Center, Vernon County People for Pets, or a charity of choice in care of Ferry Funeral Home 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
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