Jerome James Ellis, age 81 of Ogdensburg, Wisconsin, son of the late Tony D. Ellis and Cornelia Anna (Wanezek) Ellis, and stepmother Catherine (Wanezek) Ellis, passed away on March 24, 2017 at the ThedaCare Hospital in Waupaca, Wisconsin.
Jerry, a retired dentist was born on September 5, 1935 in Spring Green, Wisconsin but grew up as a boy in Clintonville, Wisconsin. He actively participated and excelled in high school athletics as a Clintonville Trucker, which included football, basketball and track. After graduating from high school in 1953, Jerry enlisted and served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1959, where he held the position of NCOIC of the Dental Clinic at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann (Wick) Ellis on March 9, 1955, his wife of 62 years. Immediately following his career in the Air Force, Jerry pursued his dream of becoming a dentist and completed his pre-professional studies at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He graduated from dental school at the Marquette University in 1965. Upon graduation, he relocated his family from Milwaukee to Rib Mountain, Wisconsin, and started his dental practice in Rothschild. Jerry’s hobbies and passions included snowmobile racing, big game hunting with his father and two sons, and working the land on what he referred to as his hobby farm near Ogdensburg, where he enjoyed his retirement years. He loved to be outdoors and actively engaged in working the land or other do-it-yourself projects. He loved dogs and over the years has had several favorite canine companions, most especially his Rottweiler and Doberman breeds.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Constance (David) Hoff, of Wausau; two sons, Gregory (Liz Beth) Ellis, of Antioch, California; and Christopher (Trish) Ellis, of Wausau. His grandchildren include Chad (Katie) Ellis, of Stevens Point, and Cheyla Ellis, of Wausau. Step-grandchildren include David, Estephano, Branson and Brenna. His most recent and well loved Rottweiler companion, Max, also remains with the family. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his sister, Joan Malmon.
A private gathering of family and friends will be hosted by his family in late spring.
The Ellis family would like to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all of the staff members of ThedaCare at Home of Waupaca for all of their help, support and loving care that they provided to Jerry and his family during his final days.
The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville has been entrusted with the arrangements. An online guestbook is available at eberhardtstevenson.com.