Ellis Lucius Newbill

Ellis Lucius Newbill passed on July 23, 2011 at his home in Hunters. Ellis was born February 22, 1921 in Fruitland Valley near Newbill Lake to Clementine (Sullivan) Newbill and Edward Newbill. He was the 9th of 13 children. The Newbill family owned and operated Newbill’s cash store where Ellis worked with his father for several years. He was a industrious young man and also worked many jobs in the community and surrounding area including orchard work, mining, logging, farming, and even as a barber. Mining took him all across the Western U.S. and Hawaii. When he returned home to help his father with the farm in 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as a communication specialist in the South Pacific. While serving he became known for his boxing abilities and honed his card playing skills. He enjoyed playing cards, particularly poker for many years. After he returned from WWII he farmed and married Lois Emma Eaton. Together they ran the old Dew Drop Inn in Hunters and later had two daughters. In 1956 Ellis went to work managing the Hunters Sawmill for Ed Chopot until his retirement in 1977. Ellis spent his retirement helping and nurturing his family, daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren. He also spent much of his time hunting, trapping and fishing, all of which he was well known for. Ellis spent his later years gardening, which locally he was famous for. He was also an avid storyteller and could entertain you for hours with tales of local history and peoples. Among other close friends, Ellis loved dogs and always had a close dog companion. He was proceeded in death by Lois, his wife of 47 years; his brothers Benny, Robert, Everett, and Ned; his sisters Marge, Kay, Elaine, Carol and Connie. Ellis is survived by sister Pearlie Llewelyn, brothers Wes Newbill and Bud Newbill; brother-in-laws Thomas Lynch and Jack Walker; daughters Kathy “Katy” Benson and husband Brian; Patty “Trish” Devoe and husband David; grandchildren Kristopher Benson, Leah Schuldheisz, Loren Devoe, and Shelly Devoe and numerous nieces and nephews. Ellis will be greatly missed and remembered by everyone whose lives he touched. Memorial Services are planned for Memorial Day weekend 2012. Details will be announced at that time.