Jack W. Ellis, aged 88, was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on September 15, 2020. He is now tasting the sweet aroma of Heaven, enveloped in joy, and rejoicing with the saints that went before him.
Jack will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 66 years, Martha Ellis, his sons Richard (Kelli) Ellis and Steven (Dori) Ellis, his grandchildren Sarah (Michael) Thaman, Ryan (Katie) Ellis and great-grandchildren Brady, Ivy and Cameron Thaman, and many nieces and nephews who he loved and cherished.
Jack was born in Orleans, Indiana in 1932 to the late Noble and Ruth Ellis. His early life was spent in Orleans, Indiana until he left to a attend college at Purdue University.. His entrepreneurial spirit brought him to Bloomington in the early 1960’s, from Bedford where he co-owned Edgewood Pharmacy and also helped launch The Edgewood Clinic/Bedford Medical Center. He had many varying business interests in the community, including commercial real estate. Kirkwood Pharmacy was owned and operated by him and his wife for many years. Kirkwood Pharmacy was very much a family atmosphere where each customer was treated kindly and gently. Jack was a constant encourager of small business owners in downtown Bloomington, but particularly on Kirkwood. He understood the challenges of being a small business owner and took delight in seeing the downtown business community grow. Jack was a licensed real estate broker and real estate investor.
Jack and Martha were founding members of Evangelical Community Church, where they enjoyed many lifelong friendships. Jack’s faith in Jesus Christ was important to him and he and Martha served the church in many capacities. They could always be relied upon to assist in any way needed within the congregation and with outreach to the community. They took delight in serving others and did so often. As a friend described them, “You are my true examples of salt and light. There is no job too difficult for you to undertake. No person in need is ever overlooked by you. Many times I have seen you both working together on humble jobs where no recognition is given and often at your own expense. Your unselfish commitment through the years has been a real witness to me and all who know you.” This sentiment perfectly sums up their hearts for others.
Jack and Martha also took the opportunity to travel with their friends and family, whether it was taking a train across Canada, walking up a glacier in Alaska, walking through the tulips in Amsterdam and visiting Normandy and Paris. He loved traveling to Florida for vacations. He and Martha loved the opportunity to take long walks on the beach and listen to the surf. He rarely missed the Indianapolis 500 (attending over 45 races) or watching Indiana Hoosier basketball games.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Charles Rose, who went above and beyond in his care for Jack, which our family will be forever grateful; to the staff at Cedarhurst of Bloomington, who cared for Jack with such compassion and kindness. We would also like to express our deep appreciation and thankfulness to the Reed families, for their care for Jack, their many visits, walks and for bringing such joy into his life.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 5th at 10:00 AM at Evangelical Community Church, 503 South High Street, Bloomington, IN 47401. Funeral services will be immediately following visitation at 11:00 AM with John Mangrum officiating. Masks are required. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Orleans, IN.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions to be made to Youth for Christ:Parent Life, PO Box 1854, Bloomington, IN 47402 or to Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.