Ellis Hylton Gass departed this veil of tears, to be united with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 3, 2018, at his home in McPherson, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on Feb. 21, 1926, in Ava, Missouri, to Ramie Lee and Eula (Hylton) Gass.
His mother passed away when he was 6 years of age. Ellis was united in marriage to Ruth Lena Burgin on June 19, 1949, at her parents’ home in Ava, Missouri. This union was blessed with two daughters, Sheila and Sheryl.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
At the age of 16, Ellis went to Illinois to work. After a short period of time, he took advantage of a government training program and learned to weld. He was a hard and conscientious worker with a variety of skills. He worked at a foundry in Iowa and was also a welder for Boeing in Wichita.
Boeing company transferred Ellis to Florida, and while en route, he and his family stopped in Mountain Grove, Missouri., to visit family, at which time his father suffered a heart attack. This led Ellis to decide to settle in Mountain Grove. There, he worked for Brown Shoe Factory and Peterson Construction.
In the mid 1970’s, he started driving a truck, eventually owning his own cab. He drove across the United States for 21 years, the last six years with his wife, Ruth, as a team.
Ellis served his country in the U.D. Navy as a pipefitter on an LST-479, with most of his time served in the South Pacific. His ship transported troops to the Hawaiian Islands and had the honor of transporting Gen. Douglas McArthur. He witnessed President Truman accept the surrender of the Japanese government.
Ellis was preceded in death by his father, The Rev. Ramie L Gass; mother, Eula; stepmother, Juell (Roy) Gass; brother, Harold L. Gass; and a half-sister, Janet Gass Wilhite.
Ellis is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 68 years, Ruth; daughters, Sheila and fiancé, Mike Ciabocchi, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Sheryl (Gass) Dossett and husband, Brynel, of McPherson; grandchildren, McKiefer L. Dossett of McPherson; Serci K. Dossett and husband, Marcelino Gonzalez, of Lawrence; great-grandchildren, Ryker L. Dossett, Amara M. Dossett, Alayna, Madalena and Gabriela Gonzalez; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Ellis was a faithful Christian his entire life. He belonged to Church of the Brethren for many years, later becoming a charter member of the Christian Brethren Fellowship.
In his final years, after moving to McPherson, he and Ruth became members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. held on Saturday at Christian Brethren Fellowship in Mountain Grove, Mo.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Mountain Grove, Missouri., following the service.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 E. First St., McPherson, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460.
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.