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Perry Lee Ellis
Dec. 6, 1947 Sept. 28, 2016
Perry Ellis
Perry Ellis, 1947-2016 - photo by Contributed to the Courier

Perry Lee Ellis

Dec. 6, 1947 - Sept. 28, 2016

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at the Heritage Chapel of Lakewood Memorial in Hughson, for Perry Lee Ellis, 68, of Ceres. He died on Wednesday evening, September 28, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 7, in Tuolumne Garden, at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.

Born Dec. 6, 1947 in Oklahoma to Dick and Dorothy Ellis, Perry was one of four children. The family moved to California when he was a young boy. After graduating from Modesto High School, Perry enlisted in the Marines and served in Vietnam for two years. He was wounded twice in battle and was awarded three Purple Heart medals.

Upon returning home, Perry worked as an iron worker across the Valley for 30 years. After that, Perry ran his own businesses, P&E Thermo Oil Batteries, and EX-CEL Fishing Lures until 2010. In his later years, Mr. Ellis was an active life member of the Ceres Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10293, the Free & Accepted Masons, the Shriners, the American Legion, and Cooties.

Perry leaves behind his wife, Toni Ellis of Ceres; two daughters Dianna Knox (Bryan) and Donna Conway (Rudy); his brother, Richard Ellis (Kathy); his sister, Patti Mathis (Ed); two grandchildren, Lindsey Huckaby and Brett Conway; an aunt, Virginia Rumbaugh; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Jackie.

Remembrances can be made in Perry's honor to Ceres VFW Post 10293.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier
Wednesday, October 5, 2016