Samuel Ellis

Posted 12/28/20

DANA, Ind. — Samuel J. “Sam” Ellis, 87, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. He was a lifelong farmer and resident of the Quaker community.

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Samuel Ellis

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DANA, Ind. — Samuel J. “Sam” Ellis, 87, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. He was a lifelong farmer and resident of the Quaker community.

A graveside service is 2 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Hopewell Cemetery. Overpeck-Gooch Funeral Home of Dana is in charge of the arrangements. For the health and safety of family and friends, masks and social distancing is required.

Mr. Ellis was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Chrisman, the son of the late Richard and Blanche Hess Ellis. He married Joan L. Ellis June 26, 1976, and she survives.

He is also survived by sons, Bob (Susie) Ellis of Dana, Ind., and Roger (Pam) Ellis of Chrisman; daughter, Nancy Congleton of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Carly (Lance) Delp, Chad (Shannon) Ellis, Natalie (Brian) Sheehy, Justin “Zack” (Jessica) Congleton, Brant Congleton and Lucas Congleton; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen (Jim) Johnson; brother, Phil (Joyce) Ellis; stepdaughter, Rene (Gene) Anderson of Clinton, Ind.; step-grandchildren, Nicole (Jeremy) Brown, Seth (Brooke) Rowe, Dan (Faith) Rowe and Dalton Rowe; 3 step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Ellis; sister-in-law, Fay Ellis; son-in-law, Russ Congleton; and stepson, Ronnie Rowe.

Mr. Ellis graduated from Newport High School in Newport, Ind., in 1951. He joined the United States Army in June of 1953, completed his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and graduated with honors from Engineering School at Fort Belvoir, Va.  He proudly served his country and often talked about all he learned during his military service and how those skills contributed to his farming success.

He absolutely loved farming and one of his greatest joys was seeing four generations working together planting and harvesting their crop on the family-owned Quaker Point Farms.  Well past his retirement, he was involved with the farm. He was an innovator; always thinking of ways to improve the operations. Some of the fondest memories of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are the hours spent riding with Sam in the farm machinery where they learned about his deep faith in God, his love of family and his passion for farming.

Mr. Ellis grew up in the Hopewell Friends Meeting in Quaker, near Dana, Ind., and later in his life became a member of Friends Chapel Church in Chrisman.  

He and his wife enjoyed time on the farm with family and friends as well as taking many trips together, making new friends on each adventure.

The family acknowledges the staff of Pleasant Meadows Senior Living and Paris Community Hospital for their compassionate care and the kindness shown to the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Meadows Senior Living at 400 W. Washington Ave, Chrisman, Illinois 61924 and Horizon Health at 721 E Court Street, Paris, Illinois 61944

Online condolences at www.goochfuneralhome.com.