Richard Edwin Ellis, age 57 and a resident of Warsaw, passed away Tuesday, June 25th, at his home in Warsaw. Born August 11, 1955, he was the son of the late Vernon Ellis. He was also preceded in death by a brother: James Ellis; a stepbrother: Bobby Mertz and his stepmother: Mary Mertz.
Richard, along with his father, worked in the Heating and Air Conditioning business for many years and served businesses and households in many counties and communities. Richard was also a member of the Warsaw Baptist Church and the Tadmore Masonic Lodge #108 in Warsaw. He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Warsaw; four sons: Michael Ellis and Jesse Ellis of Warsaw, Rich Ellis of Tampa Fl, and Barry Bickers of Carrollton; one daughter: Tara Johnson of Warsaw; one brother: Tommy Ellis of Warsaw; one sister: Verna Lee Moore of Warsaw; two stepbrothers: Mark and Eddie Mertz; and three stepsisters: Brenda Roberts, Deby Johnson and Barbara Simpkins. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
Visitation will be held Friday, June 28th, from 4 until 8pm at the Warsaw Baptist Church located on West High Street in Warsaw. Funeral services will begin Saturday, June 29th, at 1pm also at the Warsaw Baptist Church. Bro. Darrell Maines will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Warsaw Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home.