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Ellis Cleo Whitcomb, 85, Walton, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in his residence surrounded by his family.
Born April 14, 1932, in Logansport, he was the son of Harvey and Freda Whitcomb. As the seventh child in the family, Ellis lived with his family in the old St. Joseph Hospital building on Cliff Drive, spending many happy hours playing with his siblings. From there, the family moved to his grandfather's farm on U.S. Hwy 31. By imminent domain, the farm was taken by the government for use as a Naval Station which later became Grissom Air Force Base.
He and his wife, Sara Sue Eckelbarger, were married in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Oct. 1, 1954, just prior to his shipping out to Korea.
After returning from the Army, he worked on the family farm with his brother, Wallace, near Miami. Ellis then moved his family near the town of Deacon, where he continued to farm until purchasing 100 acres near Walton. After retiring from farming in 1989, he worked for the Cass County Highway Department for 10 years. Their retirement years were spent working on their farm and spending happy winters in Sebring, Florida.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Logansport and the Walton American Legion Post 424.
Surviving with his wife are sons Tyson Whitcomb, Indianapolis, Tobin and Tristan (Ramona) Whitcomb, all of Walton; daughter Kyle Brown, Carmel; brother Wallace Whitcomb, Bunker Hill; sister Anita Bacon, Garret; 19 grandchildren, Hannah Lund, Rachel Spencer, Joshua, Rebecca, Caleb, Benjamin, Jacob, Samuel, Thomas, and Zachariah Whitcomb, Megan Whitcomb (Chase Hinkle), Paige Brown Jarreau (Chad), Nicole Brown (Chris) Shotwell, David, Christopher, Camille, Danielle, Angelique and Katherine Brown and six great-grandchildren.
Ellis was much loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and family.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Whitcomb, and sisters Juanita Conn, Helen Hubenthal and Wilma Friend.
Ellis wished to donate his body to the Indiana University Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology School of Medicine, so there will be no services at this time. The family will join together for a private memorial service at a later date.
You may share condolences on his tribute page at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
Published on January 8, 2018
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