Born Oct. 31, 1924 in Knox County, Ellis was the son of Ira and Edith (Westfall) Williams.
He was a retired farmer and business owner, Free Mason, U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and the oldest member of American Legion Post #479. Ellis was extremely proud of his children, grandchildren, and great, grandchildren and loved to watch their sporting events whenever and wherever. He was an avid quail hunter and raised birddogs. He recently participated in the Hoosier Honor Flight to Washington DC and called it the Welcome Home Parade the occupation soldiers never received. He was a member of the Lyons Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Norma Lee (Parke) Williams; five children, Carolyn Williams of Bloomington, Ivan (Ellen) Williams of Mandan, ND, Sue Royer of Terre Haute, Mike (Dee) Williams of Lyons, and Kenny (KyongGe) Williams of Bloomington; eleven grandchildren, Michele (Scott) Schaaf, Jerome Williams, Ira Williams, Autumn Williams, Amanda Royer, April (Matt) Settles, Jon Royer, Aubrey (Jon) McCary, Amber Williams, Amy Williams, and Ellis Williams; two great, grandchildren, Mitchell Haider and Molly Settles; and many nieces and nephews.
Ellis was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Kenneth Williams, Ivan Williams, and Norman Williams and three sisters; Lois Kays, Josephine Begeman, and Evelyn Richardson.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Lyons and 1 hour prior to services Monday at the Church. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Lyons Methodist Church with a dinner following interment services at Prairie Chapel cemetery.
The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to the Lyons Methodist Church. Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com