SALEM - Kenneth John "Jack" Ellis, 83, of Salem died at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born April 23, 1930 in Salem the son of the late Frederick and Minnie (Smith) Ellis.
Before his retirement, Mr. Ellis was a tool and die maker at General Motors in Lordstown for 10 years and previously he worked at Staufenger Tool & Die as a tool and die maker for 25 years. He was a 1948 graduate of Goshen High School. Jack served in the U. S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. He was a life member and past commander of the Salem VFW Post 892. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour and was a past junior and senior warden of the church. Jack enjoyed bowling, golfing and tinkering with cars. He loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed the holidays and family traditions.
Survivors include his wife, Helen (Galchick) Ellis, whom he married June 4, 1955; two sons, Randal (Vanessa) Ellis of Batesville, Indiana and Scott Ellis of Salem; two daughters, Jacque (William) Rich of Salem and Wendy (Jeff) Strabala of Salem; a sister Margaret Scott of St. Petersburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A brother, Harry Ellis also preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour with Rev. Jerome H. "Kip" Colegrove officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44512 or to the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 870 East State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.
Jack's obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.starkmemorial.com.