A visitation for Ellis Dean Whitesell, 77, Eudora, will be held from 5-8 p.m., April 12, 2021 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary Chapel, Eudora, KS. Private family inurnment will be at Hesper Cemetery in Eudora at a later date. Ellis passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Ellis was born on April 28, 1943 in Ozark, AR. The son of Earl Eugene and Dessie (Campbell Whitesell.
He was a utility engineer for Delco Battery until he retired in 1999. After retirement, he and Frances spent several years as a camp host in South Fork Colorado. Ellis also enjoyed many years as a school bus driver in the area, ending his career in Eudora.
Ellis enjoyed spending time with his family, camping and traveling. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Campers (Good Sam’s) camping club. He also was a certified 4-H shooting sports instructor. He and Frances were members of the Kaw Valley Squares Square dance club and enjoyed square dancing with many clubs across Kansas.
He married Frances Crawshaw on August 20, 1964 in Olathe, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his two daughters, Dee Ann Howell (Darin), Tammy Gabriel (Phil), his son, Randy Whitesell (Kristi), eight grandchildren, Michael (Kendrea) Howell, Christohper Gabriel, Alicia Howell, Cheyenne Becker, Jon Lawrence, Dakota and Taylor Whitesell ; seven great grandchildren, Jaelyn and Madilynn Howell, Gwenevere Hefley, Morgan and Matthew Howell, Addison and Josie Becker and two sisters, Ella Thrasher and Lorraine Bird.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ellis’ name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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