William “Bill” Scott Ellis, 85, of Lebanon, died Saturday at his home.
Bill was born July 21, 1922 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho the son of Willard and Nancy (Scott) Ellis. He moved to Lebanon when he was 3 years old. Bill graduated from Lebanon High School in 1940 and was a member and the MVP of the 1940 Lebanon High School State Championship Baseball Team. Bill then attended Linfield College on a baseball scholarship.
When W.W. II began Bill entered the Army. He served with the 39th Portable Surgical Hospital and was stationed in Guadalcanal and the Philippines. Following his discharge he returned to the Lebanon area and played semi-professional baseball for the Gustina Reds in Eugene. Bill married Nelita Austin on Feb. 14, 1947 in Lebanon. They continued to reside in Lebanon where Bill worked for Champion Plywood until his retirement in 1983.
Bill was a member of the American Legion Santiam Post #51 and a lifetime member of the Lebanon Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in his filbert orchard.
He is survived by his wife Nelita of Lebanon, daughters Valerie Fetter of Albany and Janna Sanders of Lebanon, sons Jason of Lebanon and Brian of Lebanon, brother Donn Ellis of Lebanon, 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A grandson Jon Fetter and sister Dorothy Kenyon preceded him in death.
Viewing will be from 4 -7:00 PM, Tuesday, at Huston-Jost Funeral Home
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, at Southside Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Rock Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice and sent in care of Huston-Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon, Oregon 97355