William H. Ellis

December 13, 1919 - July 26, 2011

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William Harold “Bill”, a lifetime in x-ray. A veteran of the early days at GE Medical Systems and a long time College Hill resident, passed from this life on July 26th, 2011 at his Twin Towers residence. A native of Proctorville, Ohio born December 13, 1919, he was preceded by his wife of more than 60 years, Kathryn Ravenscroft Ellis. The couple is survived by their four children: Jim, Barbara, Marilyn and Kimberly, and by 10 grandchildren, all of whom called him “Poppy.” A member of the greatest generation, Sgt. Ellis was presented with the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Service Award during WWII. Thousands of lives were being saved on the battlefield thanks to a new device Sgt. Ellis and his unit were training medics to use: the portable x-ray machine. After the service, Bill Ellis put his knowledge of x-radiation to work at General Electric Medical Systems where he sold, installed, and serviced x-ray systems for more than 40 years. It was a fitting career for a man who always cared most about what was inside. Visitation at the Twin Towers Wilson Chapel, 5343 Hamilton Ave., College Hill 45224 Friday from 10 AM until service at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Twin Towers Benevolent Fund. Condolences at hodappfuneralhome.com


Paul Ellis, Jr. - Aug 1, 2011

I’m sorry to hear about your father. I lost mine seven years ago. All the old WWII guys are going away, sadly.

Paul Ellis
Aiken High School, ’65

Charles & Barbara Oliver - Jul 29, 2011

We admired Bill so much. Charles
has many happy memories of working
with Bill at GE Medical
We were so sorry we could not attend the service because of health reasons.
God Bless all the children and grandchildren
Love, Charles & Barbara

Ralph Lawson - Jul 29, 2011


Sorry to hear about your father’s passing. My thoughts are with you and your sisters.