Raymond T. Ellis

Aug 6th, 1922 - Mar 29th, 2020
Raymond T. Ellis

Raymond T. Ellis, age 97, of Marion, went home to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven on March 29, 2020.

He was born on August 10, 1922 at home in Spillertown, IL to Olive Grace (Taylor) and Charles Fred Ellis.  Due to the very busy attending country doctor recording the birth date incorrectly, Raymond’s legal date of birth was August 6, 1922.  He was a 1940 graduate of the Marion High School, Marion, IL.  On August 19, 1942, he married Betty Jane Fowler.  God blessed them with over 70 years of marriage before Betty went home to be with Jesus on March 20, 2013.  They spent most of their married life on a farm northeast of Marion where Raymond lived until he recently moved to the CLC at the Marion VA.

Mr. Ellis served in WWII as a radio operator in the 104th Timberwolf infantry division of the US Army from November, 1942 to November, 1945, and was awarded a bronze star for bravery by carrying out his duties as radio operator while under enemy fire.

Ellis was a coal miner for 36 years, most of which were for the Freeman United Coal Company at the Orient 4 Mine within walking distance from his farm.  He retired in September, 1986.

On October 23, 1960, Raymond was ordained at Lake Creek Baptist Church to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He pastored several churches in the area and helped organize the Grace Missionary Baptist Church, Marion, IL where he continued to serve as pastor until he was 93.  Then, he went back to preaching as interim pastor about a year later for them and served in that capacity until he was 97.  His last two Sundays (Jan. 19 and 26, 2020) were celebrated with three baptisms!  Pastor Ellis’s greatest joy was to tell others about His Savior and see them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  He loved reading his Bible and praying to his Lord!

Raymond also enjoyed farming; raising cattle; gardening; spending time with his family; reading Christian books, and the newspaper.  He was a wonderful storyteller about his lifelong experiences!

Ellis is survived by three of his four children:  Kenneth (Cindy), and Daniel (Linda) all of Marion and Kathy (Richard) Marlatt of Danville, IL.  Ten grandchildren:  Sheri Puttmann, Herrin; Melinda (Mike) Harvel, Pittsburg; Melissa (Paul) Johnson, Johnston City; Kay (Steve) Gabby and Kenneth Ellis, Jr., Marion; Jean Ann (Joe) Campanella, Vienna; Shawn (Crystal) Ellis, Pittsburg; Rebecca (Kenny) Hutson, Clinton, IN; Kristin (Thadchai) Sattayatam, Bowlingbrook, IL; and Kara (Aaron) Baker, Scott Air Force Base, IL; and 18 great-grandchildren;  Brett, Blaine, Tyler (Allison), Trent, Landon, Dylan, Dalton, Chelsea (Tyler), Zoey, Tori, Taylor, Cash, Fallon, Zoe, Ava, Samuel, Benjamin, and Zachary and three great-great-grandchildren:  Ansley, Avery, and Jase.

Besides his wife, Betty, he was preceded in death by his parents, and his oldest son, Thomas.

Mr. Ellis will be sadly missed by family and friends, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope.  Since Jesus was Raymond’s personal Lord and Savior, he is safe in Heaven for all eternity.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND BY THE SIGNING OF EXECUTIVE ORDER BY GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER, a private visitation will be held at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with a graveside service following in Odd Fellows Cemetery.  A public celebration of Raymond’s life will be held at a later date.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to the VA Medical Center CLC or Gideons International and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 N. Market St., Marion, Illinois 62959.

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18 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Patti Rowland

    From: JOHNSTON City , Illinois

    Date: March 29, 2020

    Kenny and Sister Cindy My Heart goes out to you guys and all the family .Yes I’m family to but I felt I needed to write something Love to you .
    May you Rest In Peace Raymond..You have sgowed ne lots of things in my younger years . I will cherish each Abd evetone I can remember ..

  • Guest: Ramona and Dwight Jackson

    From: Thompsonville, Illinois

    Date: March 29, 2020

    We are so sorry for your loss. God be with every one of you and bring you comfort.

  • Guest: Denise Sumrall

    From: Lakeland , Louisiana

    Date: March 30, 2020

    Deanna’s daughter, sending prayers

  • Guest: Keith and Donna Evrard Kim Goodley

    From: Pittsburg , Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the whole family.

  • Guest: Marcia and Michael English

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    Thinking of you at this most difficult time. Prayers for your family

  • Guest: Vickie Johnson

    From: Harrisburg, Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    My deepest condolences Kay!! I’m sure he will be missed but you will see him again!!

  • Guest: Joyce Davis Ealey

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. The family is in my Prayers.

  • Guest: Glenda (Jent) Dunn

    From: Addieville, Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. Many fond memories from the years he was pastor of Williams Prairie Church. Prayers for Kathy, Kenny. Danny and other members of his fa.ily

  • Guest: Patty Campbell-fuller

    From: Bloomington , Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    So very sorry to hear this news. My dad, Sherell Eugene Campbell, spoke of Raymond often and they communicated frequently during their later years. He was a nice man and a gentle soul and he will be missed. Many prayers and happy memories.

  • Guest: Marge Mossman

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have been good friends for a long time and I have known your Dad for a long time. He is a great man and will be missed a bunch.

  • Guest: Sandy and Larry Phipps

    From: Johnston , Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    Heartfelt prayers and condolences for the Ellis Family during this time of grief. Prayers will be lifted up for all of the many family members of this family who have served the Lord all these years.

  • Guest: Ronald Grant

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: March 30, 2020

    My sincere sympathy.

  • Guest: Lincoln Hal Campbell Jr.

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: March 31, 2020

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all from my Mother Alice Campbell and I Lincoln Hal Campbell Jr. Raymond was a wonderful guy and will forever be sadly missed. My Uncle Sherell Eugene Campbell would ask about Raymond a lot. He thought highly of him as well as I and many others. I know he is safe in the arms of Jesus forever and always. RIP Raymond you may be gone but never forgotten. 🙏

  • Guest: Gerald D. Clayton

    From: , Illinois

    Date: March 31, 2020

    Pastor Ellis was our pastor at Williams Prairie Church for several years. He was a very special person. He and Betty were special people.

  • Guest: Charles and Teresa Boyd

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: March 31, 2020

    Our deepest and most profound sympathy!

  • Guest: Pam Bailey

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: April 1, 2020

    Uncle Raymond as I have know him for the last 40 years, was truly a Great Man! A true man of God, he always had a smile for everyone! Lots of stories and memories to share, I always enjoyed talking with him, and he always brought a smile to my face!❤️😊 He will be missed by many!! Love, Pam Bailey

  • Guest: Tom and Sandy Simpson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: April 1, 2020

    Kenny and Dan sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. What a wonderful life he had. Our prayers are with your family.

  • Guest: Brian Williams

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: April 2, 2020

    He was a very caring and beautiful soul. Always a smile on his face and full of wisdom. Spent many times stopping by and saying hello. He had lifted me up by his personal words along with God’s word on so many days.