|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 3, 1991|
Anchorage Daily News April 13, 1991
Former longtime Alaska resident Ralph J. Ellis, 73, a retired land surveyor, died April 3 at Anacortes Convalescent Center in Anacortes, Wash., following a brief illness. A private family graveside service was held April 6 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, Wash. A memorial service was also held April 6 at the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor, Wash.
Mr. Ellis was born Dec. 5, 1917, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Harry and Ruth Ellis. While attending Oregon State College, now Oregon State University, he was employed with the U.S. Forestry Service during the summers. In 1941, he went to work with the Bureau of Reclamation as a land surveyor. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943, serving with the 75th Division Bulge Busters. Following Army service in Europe during World War II, he returned to the Bureau of Reclamation where he continued working as a land surveyor. He and his family lived in Anchorage from 1962 to 1974. He surveyed areas in the Bush for the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Ellis retired from the BLM in 1972, continuing to survey land privately for five years. He moved to West Beaver Lake near Wasilla in 1974, where he and his wife stayed until moving to Oak Harbor. Mr. Ellis recently had his book published, "Footprints Across Alaska," about his 10 years of adventures while surveying in the Bush. He was a member of the Oak Harbor Lutheran Church and the 75th Division Association.
Mr. Ellis is survived by his wife, Betty of Oak Harbor; his daughter, Ruth Anderson of Budapest, Hungary; his sons, William of Warroad, Minn., Edward of Cooper Landing, and Steven of Oak Harbor; and eight grandchildren. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, 3505 N. 124th St., Brookfield, Wis. 53005-2498, or to the Luther Child Center, P.O. Box 2097, Everett, Wash., 98203.
Betty Jean Jacobson Ellis (1921 - 2008)*
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