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Eddie B. Ellis, 86, a resident of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, Indiana, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana. He was born May 21, 1926, in Linton, Indiana, to Mr. And Mrs. Lawrence Edward Ellis.

Mr. Ellis was a graduate of Midland High School and Indiana State Teachers College. A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he served in France and Germany in the Tank Corps of the 5th Army under the command of General George Patton. He worked many years at Stark and Wetzel Company in Indianapolis, Indiana, and retired from Coca-Cola Company in Indianapolis, serving as a data processor for both companies. He married Lillian Barbara Jones Ellis in 1961. She preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a twin sister who died at birth, and his stepmother, Sarah Ellis.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Jean Crawl Ellis of Franklin, Indiana; cousins, Frank and Barbara Willis of Florida; sister-in-law, Carole Jones Day of Indianapolis, Indiana; stepson, Chris Crawl (Karen) of Columbus, Indiana; stepdaughter, Aimee Bomar of Burlington, Kentucky; three stepgrandchildren, Dillon Bomar, Taryn Bomar and Janan Jones (David) of Franklin; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was a member of Linton Masonic Lodge No. 560, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine. He enjoyed most sports,  especially basketball, football and the Indy 500.

Eddie was a kind, gracious and loving individual, and we were blessed to have him in our lives.

The Reverend Charles Stanley will conduct a service Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Ransford Chapel of the Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State Street in Franklin, Indiana. Friends may call Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Swartz Family Community Mortuary And Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., and Thursday, November 1, 2012, from noon until service time at the Ransford Chapel. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 East 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

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