McFarland- Roland C. Ellis, age 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at his home. Roland was born on September 22, 1928 in Monroe, a son of Richard and Marie (Raether) Ellis. The family moved to the Evansville area and Roland graduated from Evansville High Scholl in 1946. Roland enlisted in the Army and served in the 11th Airborne Division with the Army of Occupation Japan from 1946 to 1948. Upon discharge he worked a short time on the General Motor Assembly Line in Janesville while he took flying lessons and received a private pilot's license.
Roland graduated from Madison Business College in 1950. He retired in 1990 after 39 years with Ohmeda (Ohio Medical Products) in various positions in finance including Assistant Controller of the former Ohio Medical Products Division of Airco Incorporated. Roland married Marian Paulson on June 18, 1955 at Yellowstone Lutheran Church in Argyle. They purchased a home in Monona and lived there 17 years raising their two children, Paula and Daniel. In 1974 they had a home built in McFarland and joined the McFarland Lutheran Church. Roland enjoyed golf and fishing, especially the annual fishing trip to Northern Wisconsin with a group of friends that has been ongoing since 1963. He loved the time spent with the grandchildren and being their private taxi service in their school years. In later years Roland also enjoyed playing with his great grandchildren.
Roland is survived by his wife Marian, daughter Paula, son Dan (Carol); grandchildren, Landon (Chandra) Jackson, Ben (Samantha) Jackson, Megan (Jason) Ellis and Lyndsey Ellis; and great grandchildren; Mason and Quinton Jackson, Aniyah and Amira Jackson and Stella Mikula; a brother Richard (Shirley); sister-in-law, Betty Ellis; brother-in-law, Robert Swenson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Earl, Ray, Robert and Harold and two sisters, Francis Swenson and Rachel Miller.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at McFarland Lutheran Church, 5529 Marsh Road, McFarland, with Rev. Timothy Dean officiating. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of services Tuesday at church. All Glory Be to God.