Clyde John

“Red” Ellis

1926 – 2012

Clyde John "Red" Ellis, 85, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 30, at Kindred Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born on Sept. 6, 1926, in Kenosha, he was the son of the late Clyde S. and Lucille (Steinbach) Ellis.

He enlisted in the United States Army on Sept. 17, 1945, during World War II, he served until he was honorably discharged on April 21, 1947.

On June 3, 1955, he married Jo Anne MacPherson in Kenosha.

Prior to his retirement on Sept. 6, 2011, Red was the owner/operator of Red's Roller Rink, Inc. in Kenosha. He also was the owner/operator of Ellis Decorative Concrete. He later owned/operated Red's New London Skate Center in New London, Wis., and Interstate Yamaha in Bristol. He finally retired at the age of 85 from the Kenosha Private Police.

Red was an avid roller skater, motor cyclist and community business man. He was named Roller Skaing Rink Operator of the year. He was a supporter/fundraiser of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He contributed to food pantries of Kenosha through "Skate a thon". He enjoyed traveling, skiing and spending time with his family and friends. He loved the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. He was also the proud sponsor of the Ellis Racing Team. He was a lifelong member of the American Motorcycle Association.

He was a member of First Congregational Church and Kiwanis of Western Kenosha.

Red is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jo Anne of Kenosha; three children, Cathryn Elliott of Appleton, Curt (Joan) Ellis of Bristol, and Patricia Kreuser of Colorado Springs, Colo; six grandchildren, Eric and Kelsi Ellis, Max Elliott, Abigail and Zachary Kreuser and Heather Ellis; and two brothers, Robert (Mary Jane) Ellis of LuConnor, WA and James M. (Marie) Ellis of Kenosha.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, John Ellis.

A memorial service will be held at Proko Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. followed by Full Military Honors. Interment will be private. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory

5111 60th St.


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