STOUGHTON - Donald F. Ellis, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday February 24, 2019. He was born August 9, 1948 in Brattleboro, Vermont to the late Vernett and Barbara (Dary) Ellis. Donald married Diana Lee Bonjour on October 18, 1969 in Madison. He proudly served his Country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, and then in the Army Reserves Troop E Fourth Calvary.
He worked for security for the University of Wisconsin before working for Dane County as a Deputy Sheriff. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting sports. Donald was a participant in the Midwest Outdoor Heritage Education Expo, a volunteer Hunter education instructor for 40 years, avid member of the Wisconsin Muzzle Loader Association, Rock River Buck skinners, and Hope Rod and Gun Club.
Donald is survived by his wife of 49 years Diana Ellis; son Richard (Keri) Ellis; a sister Jane Ellis; and is further survived by other family members and many dear friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday March 9, 2019 at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 206 W. Prospect St. Stoughton. Please come in casual dress at Donald's request. Burial will follow at Graves Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service
206 W Prospect St. Stoughton
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My Deepest Sympathy to the Ellis Family. I remember Donalds good sense of humor & honest opinions he use to share with me whenever I'd stop buy to talk see my friend Rick Ellis.
Donald will be missed.
The Gospel of Salvation is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 KJV Bible.
My condolences to family and friends. I have some fond memories of Donny from work.
I had the honor of working with Don on a few Hunter Education and Muzzleloading classes. A true gentleman and will be missed
Diane, Rick, Jane, other family members, and friends. Although Donald and I did not see each other in the past several years, he has always been special to me and will always be in my heart me as he was like a brother when we were kids.
To Diane, Rick and Jane, Our deepest sympathy to you all. Many good memories of Donald and the Family from back here in Vermont. Many folks here have been very saddened to hear this. He fought a hard fight and now he is at peace. God bless him and all of you. Pat and Ron Knight
Don will be missed here on earth. I served with Don in the Army and law enforcement. Don had accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and has gone home to spend eternity with his Lord and Saviour. I will see Don again, Praise the Lord! Psalm 23 "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want...………………..
Don was one of my first partners at the Dane County Sherriff's Office. He was always ready and willing to lend me a hand. He helped me move not just once, but twice. He got me out of the house on road trips when I had some health issues. And he kept in touch when I moved away from the Madison area. He was one of my inner circle of dear friends, and I will miss him greatly.
Don was a long time friend that served with me and many others in Troop E, 4th Cavalry, USAR in Madison WI He was a good Tank Commander as well as the unit Motor Sergeant. I will cherish the Memory of Don for years to come.
Former Master Sergeant Jerry Selvog
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