In Memory of




Obituary for Robert J. Ellis

Ellis, Robert J.
Hickory Corners

Robert John Ellis passed away November 23, 2018 at Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Bob was born April 24, 1948 in Battle Creek, the son of Laban “John” and Betty Jane (Mullenix) Ellis. A Veteran, Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Bob was employed as a chemical operator at Pfizer/Upjohn for over twenty five years, retiring in 2013. In his free time, Bob enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, working on small home projects, traveling and camping, going to his grandchildren’s activities, and grilling at family cookouts. Most important to Bob was his love for his family, including his grandchildren who he truly adored. Bob is survived by his loving wife, the former Janet Dennis; children: Mindi (Daniel) Smith and Chris (Melissa) Ellis; grandchildren: Bradley, Jason, Sebastian, and Xander; a great grandson, Jackson Colt; sisters: Judy Smith (Bill), Shirley Tilton, and Mary Sue Ellis, and several nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his birth parents, Frances Ellis (mother), and mother in law, Gladys M. Dennis. Robert’s family will receive friends, Tuesday, 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Williams-Gores Funeral Home where his funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 1:00 PM, Pastor Kendale Dennis officiating. Burial will take place in East Hickory Corners Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post 45 in Hastings. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Robert’s family.