Arnold Gifford Ellis
Courtesy of Cindy Ellis
Arnold Gifford Ellis was born June 23, 1904, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gifford Ellis at French Lick, Indiana.
His family later moved to Paoli where he was graduated from High School in the Class of 1923. He had attended Howe Military Institute for one year before graduating from High School. Following his graduation from High School, he attended the College of Music at Cincinnati, Ohio, for five years, majoring in piano. He was an accomplished musician and taught piano in addition to his many playing engagements.
On December 21, 1929, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Fouche of West Baden, Indiana. To this union two children were born, Sally Jeanne of Indianapolis and Thomas Franklin at home.
As a young man he entered the automobile business with his father. In 1933 he and his family moved on the farm near West Baden where they now reside.
Following a brief illness on the morning of March 5th, Arnold Gifford Ellis left the scene of this world to take up his life anew in that brighter world above.
Arnold was a very active member of the Ames Chapel Methodist Church. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees past President of the Ames Aimers Sunday School Class and The Institutional Representative of the Boy Scouts for the troop sponsored by the Church.
In addition to his many church activities Arnold served in various places of responsibility as an officer and leader in his community. Some of these were: Director, Vice President and a member of the executive committee of the Huntingburg Production Credit Association; Soil Supervisor for the Soil Conservation District; Chairman of the Forestry Committee for Orange County; A member of the Paoli Masonic Lodge No. 149 at Paoli for over 25 years. A member and past officer of the Farm Bureau.
Besides his widow and two children, he leaves his Mother, Mrs. Amanda Ellis at home; one sister, Rose, and one brother, Frank, both of Indianapolis; his daughter-in-law, Kay, and Grandson, Mark, one brother-in-law, Vane Howard, of Hammond, Indiana, three nieces and three newphews.
He was preceded in death by his Father, and sister, Vivian. He also leaves many other relatives and many, many friends.
Arnold was the kind of husband, father, neighbor and business associate that we all loved, admired and respected. His friendly, unassuming manner was a great asset in his many accomplishments for his community.
And finally, during his last illness, his tremendous courage and cheerfulness, reflected his simple Faith that, Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom works all things for good, through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
CARD OF THANKS
The family of Arnold Ellis greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness of all the friends during their sorrow.
To the musician, Rev. Lester Sweeney for his consoling words, for the beautiful floral tribute and to Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schmutzler, Undertaker.
Kathleen Ellis and Family
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