James Durwood Ellis Sr.

MILLERTON — James Durwood Ellis Sr., 84, of Waddington, N.Y., and Millerton passed away on Feb. 13, 2019, at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with his three sons at his side. 

He was born Feb. 9, 1935, the son of the late Grace and Carl Ellis of Waddington. 

In July 1952, he married Nora Wing, a marriage that lasted for 64-and-a-half years. Mrs. Ellis passed away on Jan. 26, 2017.

He worked in a milk factory at a very young age and he drove Uke trucks during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. 

He later worked for many years at the Wassaic Developmental Center and part-time for Rosendale Nursery in Mabbettsville, N.Y., and for Bicron in North Canaan. 

Following his retirement from the Wassaic Developmental Center, he worked as a school bus driver in the Millerton and Amenia area and also in Waddington for Laidlaw and Flock.

Jim was a ham radio operator and enjoyed attending ham radio meetings. He was an avid golfer, and he loved to fish on the St. Lawrence River. He liked to watch DIY shows and spent many hours on his computer. 

Jim was also a longtime member of the Millerton Gun Club.

Jim is survived by two daughters, Eileen O’Dell and her husband, Shawn, of North Canaan and Jenny Proper and her husband, Glenn, of Keystone Heights, Fla.; three sons, James D. Ellis Jr. of Poughkeepsie, Carl J. Ellis and his wife, Nancy, of Millerton and Jeffrey E. Ellis and his wife, Sandra, of Millerton; his grandchildren, Jennifer Koch, Jeffrey E. Ellis II, Kimberly O’Dell, Erin Altemus Jr., Ashleigh Ellis and Brooke Ellis; four great-grandchildren; his favorite nephew, James W. Graves; and his new four-legged friend, Pal. 

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two granddaughters, Krista and Melissa Proper.

Graveside services and burial will take place at Brookside Cemetery in Waddington in the spring. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Scott D. Conklin Funeral Home in Millerton. 

To send an online condolence, go to www.conklinfuneralhome.com.