Chester M. Ellis I, Alexandria, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the IU Health-Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis following a brief illness.
He was born on Sept. 8, 1923, in Frankton, to Robert and Callie (Funk) Ellis, and he attended Frankton schools.
Chet retired from Fisher-Body in Marion in 1986 after 42 years. He also farmed. Chet served with the United States Army in World War II in the 44th Division. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Blessed Savior in Alexandria. He enjoyed bowling, traveling and was skilled in making stained glass artifacts that he loved to give away to family and friends.
Survivors include his children, Rebecca (Richey) Howard of Alexandria, Charlotte (Pete) Danforth of Anderson, Chester (Penny) Ellis II of Greenfield, Philip (Linda) Ellis of Alexandria, Duane (Sue) Ellis of Marion, and Marilyn (Larry) Chandler of Marion; 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and brothers-in-law, Jim (Nancy) Wehsollek and Richard Thompson, all of Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Mae (Wehsollek) Ellis in 2013; a son, Herb Ellis in 2004; siblings, Catherine Jackson, Joe Ellis, John Ellis, Lillian Farr, Carl Ellis, David Ellis and Dollie Dial.
Services honoring Chet's life and legacy will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lutheran Church of Our Blessed Savior, 309 W. Washington St., Alexandria, with Pastor Kal Rissman officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at Park View Cemetery in Alexandria.
Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. or after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church prior to the services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lutheran Church of Our Blessed Savior through the funeral home.
Online condolences: www.owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on  April 19, 2017