Ronald Gene Ellis of Granbury, 74, passed away peacefully at his beloved home in Granbury on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012.
Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury is caring for him and hosted a visitation on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Services for friends and family to celebrate Gene’s were planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Granbury First United Methodist Church with internment at Holly Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church of Granbury or the Kidney Foundation.
Gene was born in Grapevine on Nov. 24, 1938 as the only son to Thomas W. (T.W.) and Gertrude Nadine Ellis. He spent his childhood growing up in Grapevine, Riverside, Richland Hills, and North Richland Hills, and was a graduate of the original Birdville High School, in Haltom City.
As a young man, he was a member in the Boy Scouts, President of the Richland Hills Teen Club and an active member of the Monning’s Distributive Education organization. He also enjoyed riding horses and playing baseball.
Following graduation from Birdville High School, Gene joined the United States Army. He eventually met and married Marilyn Sue Huck in July 1961. He later joined the United States Air Force where he enjoyed a 24 year combined career and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant from the 301st TFW at the former Carswell AFB. He also worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Division where he retired in 1999.
Gene had many devotions in life; including his love of his family and friends, his love of God and country, his fondness for “baseball particularly his beloved Texas Rangers” and a never-ending desire to provide public service in community politics and his church. He was very successful in all, having been married to Marilyn for 51 years while raising two wonderful sons.
Gene’s life of service led him to his greatest passion, the great game of “Baseball” where he spent 39 years volunteering as a coach, manager, commissioner, and director in numerous local Pony Baseball organizations. In retirement he and Marilyn chose Granbury, where he had the opportunity to serve the community again as a Granbury ISD school board member and as an active participant on numerous city commissions and boards. He was a previous member of the Richland Hills Christian Church and a current member of Granbury First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, T.W. and Nadine Ellis, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Of all of his achievements, Gene was most proud of his family.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn; as well as his two sons, Steve and wife Ronda, grandson Michael and wife Lori all of Keller, and Greg Ellis and spouse Cindy and daughter Tara of Flower Mound; his aunt Jodie Hall, brother-in-law Gerald Huck and wife Patty, and two nieces Lyn Huck and Debbie Hanna.
You are invited to go to www.star-telegram.com/obituaries to offer condolences and sign Gene’s guest book.
Wiley Funeral Home made arrangements.