Richard N. Ellis "Dick", 88, of Liberty, MO, passed away June 21, 2021 at home surrounded by his wife and two daughters.
Dick was born on May 29, 1933, in Kansas City MO, the son of Victor and June Ellis. He was an Eagle Scout and member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. While attending Southeast High School he worked during the summer for his father who was a member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City. He was active in choir work and was a member of the Barbershop Chorus, Heart of America Chapter, and a Boys Quartet that appeared in many churches and organizations. Dick lettered in track and football, and upon graduation from Southeast High School, he received the Knights Award for outstanding student.
Dick attended Missouri University and became a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He lettered in track events and participated in ROTC, chorus work, quartets and other activities. He graduated from MU in 1955 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology. Dick joined the US Air Force and became a Jet Fighter pilot.
Following honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1959, Dick worked as a Chief Underwriter for Continental Casualty Insurance Company and remained in the insurance business until he moved to Liberty in 1965. He became a Real Estate Broker and Developer and continued for several years to develop both residential and commercial properties.
Dick was instrumental in helping to establish Liberty Hills Country Club, where he served on the Board of Directors and participated in several golf tournaments and social activities. He was Past President of the North Branch Real Estate Board, and past member of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce.
Dick was preceded in death by his father, Victor Ellis in 1971, and his mother, June Ellis in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Ann Ellis, of the home; two daughters, Beth Boyer and husband Dan of St. Louis, MO, and Claire Jones-Van Hauen and husband Brian of Liberty, MO; five grandchildren, Brook, Chase, Ben, Cole and Caden; and two great grandchildren, Cameron and Brett.
Private burial at Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, MO on Friday, June 25. There will be a celebration of Dick's life for family and friends held in August (date, time and location to be announced). The family requests no flowers.Service Information:
Private burial at Floral Hills Cemetery in Kansas City, MO on Friday, June 25. There will be a celebration of Dick’s life for family and friends held in August (date, time and location to be announced). The family requests no flowers.