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Jerry W. Ellis

August 22, 1937 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old

Jerry W. Ellis Obituary

Jerry W. Ellis, age 86, of Charleston, IL (formerly of Pittsburg, KS) passed away at 8:51 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2024 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL.  He was born August 22, 1937 in Pittsburg, KS, the son of Arthur George and Etta Leona (Butler) Ellis. He married Carol Elaine Burke on June 2, 1985 in Charleston, IL.

Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Carol Ellis of Charleston, IL; daughter, Joi Lynn Owen (Wallace K. Owen Jr.) of Neoga, IL; son, Jerry Lee Ellis (Cynthia Cobb) of Rantoul, IL; daughter, Jamie Addams (Jon Montgomery) of Bartlett, IL; son, Mike Addams (Allyson) of Charleston, IL; grandchildren, Ruby Jane Addams Montgomery of Bartlett, IL and Ember Elaine Addams of Charleston, IL; sister in law, Peggy Gire (Dann); and nieces and nephews, Vicki Henderson, Kelly Ellis, Jeff Ellis, Lauren Gire, and Morgan Gire. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Etta Ellis, and brother, Homer Ellis, all of Pittsburg, KS.

Jerry was a 1955 graduate of Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, KS. Jerry joined the army reserves while continuing his education and received his Bachelor of Science in 1959 and Master of Science in 1961 from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Jerry then attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK where he received his PhD in 1965. Jerry retired from Eastern Illinois University in 1999, after teaching as a chemistry professor for 33 years in Charleston, IL.

Jerry was a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for many years. He has been a member of the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association (IOTFA) since 1972. Jerry was fond of a variety of music including bluegrass, western swing, old country, and ragtime/old standards music. His favorite pastime was playing his guitar, bass, mandolin, and fiddle. He also tinkered with the pedal steel and banjo. Jerry enjoyed baking pies, wood working, Cox control-line airplanes, history, politics, traveling, and Native American Pottery.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston, IL. A private burial will follow. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.  

Memorial donations may be made to The Charleston Food Pantry, PO Box 411, Charleston, IL 61920 ( or Five Mile House, PO Box 114, Charleston, IL 61920 (

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January 13, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel (Shawnee Drive, Charleston)

Funeral Service
January 13, 2024

12:00 PM
Adams Funeral Chapel
2330 Shawnee Drive
Charleston, IL 61920


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