GLADSTONE - Russell Julius Ellis, 75, died unexpectedly Oct. 30, 2003, at his home.
Born June 2, 1928, in New Madrid, son of the late John Julius and Margurite Roch Ellis, he graduated from New Madrid High School and was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a city administrator or supervisor most of his career and had most recently served as city administrator for the City of Higginsville before retiring in 1988. He was a 48-year member of the American Legion and loved golf, woodworking and gardening. He was also reportedly able to fix anything, including a broken heart.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Peggy Ellis of the home; a sister, Helen Ellis of New Madrid; two grandchildren, Jessie Mitchem and Tony Mitchem; a great-granddaughter, Emma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julia.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. Monday until 11 a.m., when a cremation memorial service will be conducted at Richards Funeral Home in New Madrid.