Thomas David Ellis died peacefully Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at Angell’s on Whidbey Adult Family Home in Oak Harbor, Wash. He was born in Brazil, Ind., on April 27, 1945. He graduated from Coalmont High School in 1963 then earned bachelors and masters degrees from Purdue University in electrical engineering. He also earned a MA in public administration from Indiana University.
Tom worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane Division for 34 years and retired in April 2000. He later worked for the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility.
Tom married Loretta Rose Shidler in 1967 and they had two boys, Scott and David. They lost Loretta to cancer on Jan. 1, 1988. Tom then met Teresa Annette Clark Ellis. They married on June 24, 1989, and lived in Bloomfield, Ind., until relocating to Whidbey Island, Wash., in 2008.
Tom was a member of the Coupeville Lions Club and the Coupeville United Methodist Church, where he was a choir member and chairman of the finance committee.
Tom was an American Red Cross volunteer. He was an integral member of the team that ran the Cajun Dome “Megashelter” in LaFayette, La., after Hurricane Katrina. Tom was a long-distance hiker, completing the Appalachian Trail in 2001 and the Colorado Trail in 2003. Tom loved to travel and made many trips in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Australia and New Zealand.
Tom lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 20 years. For the last year of his life, Tom stayed at Angell’s on Whidbey. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Angell’s on Whidbey, WhidbeyHealth Palliative Care and Hospice for the excellent care that Tom received.
He is survived by his wife Teresa; sons Scott Ellis (Rebecca, Isaac, Nathan) and David Ellis (Kate, Clare, Rose); step-grandson Lucas Dayvolt (Jettson); and brother Alan Ellis (Diane).
A Zoom memorial service will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. More about Tom can be found on a Remember Tom Ellis Monument Facebook page. Private graveside services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to American Red Cross (specify disaster relief) at www.redcross.org; American Parkinson’s Disease Association Northwest at www.APDAparkinson.org; or Pacific Rim Institute at www.pacificriminstitute.org