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Leo J. Ellis

January 26, 2020

U.S. Veteran


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Leo J. Ellis

January 26, 2020


Leo J. Ellis, 80, of Bear Creek Township, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.


Leo was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Leo and Anna Walkonis Ellis. He was a graduate of G.A.R. High School. He served in the United States Army, serving from 1962 to 1964. Leo was employed as a truck driver for Dupont. He was also co-owner of Ellis Beer dist. with his brother Joe. Before retiring he went back to his passion driving tractor trailer.  He was a member of Teamster Local #401, American Legion Post 815, Wilkes-Barre Township, and the Eagles Club in Wilkes-Barre. Leo was an avid fisherman, Phillies fan and enjoyed his Saturday afternoon horse races.


Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Frances Birkbeck Ellis; sons, Andrew Ellis and his wife, Heidi, Plains; James Ellis, Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Joshua, Shane, Zinah and Justin; great grandchildren, Leo, Marley, Jax, Carolyn and Anthony; brother, Joseph Ellis and his wife, Bernadine, Hanover Township; nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Friday at 9:15 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 am in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call on Thursday evening from 5-8 pm at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Leo’s memory to a veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Leo’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.