Larry Leroy Ellis

Larry Leroy Ellis, 77, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Comanche County Hospital in Coldwater, KS. Born September 21, 1939, at Ashland, KS, he was the son of Harold and Naomi (McKinney) Ellis. Larry was a lifetime resident of Coldwater, KS. He attended Pleasant Ridge Rural School, graduated from Coldwater High School in 1957, and attended Fort Hays State University. He was a member of the Coldwater United Methodist Church and Comanche Lodge #295. Larry was a member of the Comanche County Fire Department, starting in 1958, and served as Fire Chief for nearly 30 years. He was an executive board member for Kansas State Fire Chief’s Association and was named State Firefighter of the Year and State Fire Chief of the Year in 2013. On May 31, 1959, he married Eleanor Gregg at Coldwater, KS. She preceded him in death on January 15, 1991. On February 14, 1992, he married Audrey (Chenoweth) Carpenter at Coldwater, KS. She preceded him in death on April 29, 2011.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother: Gary Duane Ellis; one son: Scott Ellis; a daughter-in-law: Angela Mae Ellis; a granddaughter: Lona Ellis; and a great-grandson: Tegan Gregg Ellis.

Larry is survived by two sons: Alan Ellis and wife Pearl of Coldwater, KS and Greg Ellis and wife Maxine of Coldwater, KS; a step-son: Dewayne Crouse and wife Audra of Wichita, KS; one sister: Judy Kerstetter of Coldwater, KS; sixteen grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Calling times are from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017, (Family Will Greet Friends From 5-7) at Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, Coldwater, KS.

Funeral service is at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, at South Central High School Gymnasium in Coldwater, KS, with Pastor Juan Espinoza and Pastor Gary Merritt presiding. Burial will follow the funeral service at Crown Hill Cemetery in Coldwater, KS.

Memorials may be sent to Coldwater United Methodist Church or Comanche County Fire Department in care of Hatfield-Prusa Funeral Home, P.O. Box 417, Coldwater, KS 67029.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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