John K. Ellis was born on November 27, 1924 in Odebolt, Iowa to Earl and Evelyn Ellis. John attended Odebolt High School where participated in a variety of sports, played in the band, and was a member of the 1942 graduation class. John joined the Army Air Corps where he was an aerial gunner on a B-17 bomber during WWII.
After his discharge in 1946, he enrolled in Chillicothe Business College along with four of his buddies from Odebolt. He met his future wife June Fulton and they shared a happy and wonderful life for almost 67 years. They had one daughter, Debbie.
John and June were avid sports fans and enjoyed Chiefs season tickets for over 50 years and occasionally went to the horse races. They spent time together playing golf and snow skiing. They also watched college sports, track and the Royals.
John and June enjoyed their time at the Lake of the Ozarks where they hosted family and friends on many occasions. They also shared 18 winters in Mesa, Arizona. On their drive out each season they were able to stop and spend time with friends.
Most of his professional life he worked in sales for, and retired from Aylward Products. His tenure with Aylward enabled him to meet people whom became loyal and lifelong friends, most notably those from Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June Fulton Ellis; his parents, Earl and Evelyn Ellis; his sister, Gwen Nelson; and several Fulton family members.
Survivors include his daughter, Debbie Ellis; his cousin, June (Ellis) Schafer; and numerous Fulton in-laws, nieces and nephews. Services will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, Kansas. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am, memorial service following at 10:30 am. Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 370, 7500 W. 75th St., Overland Park, Kansas or Honor Flight at http://www.honorflightkc.org/
friends ,Overland Park ,Kansas
Debbie, We so enjoyed our long friendship with John and June ... golfing here and in AZ and some golfing trips. Also dinners out with our Thursday night golf group I think of John each time I drive by Chili's as he often chose that place when it was his turn to decide on a restaurant. We miss both of them and send our sympathy to you.
FRIEND ,Overland Park ,Kansas
VERY SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS
Long time friend ,Olsthe ,Kansas
John will be greatly missed. He was one in a million. We have so many wonderful memories of him. May he Rest In Peace now. Love & miss you, Odebolt! Roy & Joy