Whiteman AFB, Mo. – Lt. Col. David J. Ellis, long-serving member of Missouri Wing’s Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron in Branson, Missouri, passed away on April 17 after a battle
with cancer. At the time of his death, he served as the administrative officer of his squadron.
In addition to the Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron, Lt. Col. Ellis also served with the Springfield Regional Composite Squadron, Group V Headquarters, and Missouri Wing Headquarters. His duty positions with Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron included: Historian, Administrative Officer, Personnel Officer, Logistics Officer, Maintenance Officer, Professional Development Officer, and Squadron Leadership Officer. Duty positions with Springfield Regional Composite Squadron included: Historian, Logistics Officer, and Professional Development Officer. At Group V Headquarters, he served as Administrative Officer, Personnel Officer, Logistics Officer, Professional Development Officer, and Deputy Group Commander. Finally, Lt. Col. Ellis served previously as the Missouri Wing Professional Development Officer.
A rated CAP pilot and observer, Lt. Col. Ellis was also an experienced ground team member in training to be a ground branch director. His CAP awards include: the Master Ground Team Badge, the Air Search and Rescue Ribbon, the Rescue “Find” Ribbon, the Red Service Ribbon, the Community Service Ribbon, the National Commander’s Unit Citation Award, the Achievement Award, the Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award, the Benjamin O. Davis Award, the Grover Loening Aerospace Award, the Paul E. Garber Award, the Gill Robb Wilson Award, the U.S. Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, and he was recognized as the 2016 Missouri Wing and North Central Region Professional Development Officer of the Year. Additionally, he held specialty track senior ratings in Logistics and Cadet Programs; as well as master ratings in Administration, Personnel, and Professional Development.
A native of Odessa, Texas, Lt. Col. Ellis moved to Branson with his wife after retiring from a 20 year career in the U.S. Navy. In addition to his service with Civil Air Patrol, he was also an Eagle Scout as well as a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, six children, and 14 grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be held at Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date following resolution of the current coronavirus pandemic. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in his memory.