CAPT George J. “Jerry” Ellis, USN (Ret.)

October 12, 1938- November 24, 2017

George Jeremiah “Jerry” Ellis, 79, of Boiling Springs, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 24, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Dallas, Texas on October 12, 1938 to the late Louis George and Margaret (Quinn) Ellis.

George graduated from University of Notre Dame in 1960 and the U.S. Naval Officers Candidate School in 1962. He proceeded to serve as commanding officer on many ships, including the USS O’Bannon and the USS Robert K. Huntington. He served as a River Division commanding officer in Vietnam. His final posting was as Commanding Officer, Naval Sea Logistics Center in Mechanicsburg. During his service, he was awarded with many medals, including the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Meritorious Service Medal with two Gold Stars. After retiring from the Navy in 1991, he earned a Master’s Degree in History from Shippensburg University and went on to work until retirement in 2015 at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

In his free time, George volunteered at the Army Heritage & Education Center, was an active member of the Mary Queen of Peace Chapel at the U.S. Army War College, a volunteer of numerous charitable organizations, a board member of the York Genealogy Club, an avid golfer, and a local and college football fan. Above all, he was a family man. Travelling at home and abroad with his wife, and sharing stories about his grandchildren were his greatest joys.

He is survived by: his wife of 54 years, Susan (Haines) Ellis; five children, Michael Ellis (wife Angela), Karen Greene (husband Albert), Anne Ellis, Rebecca Ellis, and Andrew Ellis; grandchildren, Quinn Ellis, Mary Katherine Ellis, Ian Greene, and Sarah Greene; siblings, Patsy Cappadonna, Diane Vella, and Rex Ellis; as well as many nieces and nephews; and beloved exchange students Matthias (of Germany) and Kati (of Finland).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Mary Queen of Peace Chapel at the U.S. Army War College, 452 Mara Circle, Carlisle Barracks with Rev. Gregory D’Emma as Celebrant. There will be a viewing from 6:00—8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle. Interment will take place on a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland County Library System—1601 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17013.

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