John D. Ellis
John D. Ellis
  • June 27, 1944 - September 5, 2017
  • Bartonville, Illinois

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John D. "Johnny Chicago" Ellis Sr., 73, of Bartonville, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Unity Point\Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 27, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois to Dean H. and Mary Jane (Switzer) Ellis. He married Patricia A. DeJaynes on April 4, 1964 in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by two children, Carol (Craig) Opper and Johnny (Jennifer) Ellis Jr. both of Bartonville; five grandchildren, Alexa and Morgan Ellis, Joseph and Jacob Opper and Cameron Ellis; one sister, Velma Ellis of Chicago, two brothers, Terry Ellis of Palm Desert, California and Tony Ellis of Las Vegas, Nevada and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Ayalan.
John was a truck driver for over 40 years working out of Teamsters #627 of which he was a member, retiring September 1, 2007. He worked over 20 of those years for R.A. Cullinan and Sons. He was a snowplow operator since 1978 having residential and commercial accounts in the Peoria area. He loved watching NASCAR and gardening. He always was there to help friends and family. John enjoyed riding his Harley, spending time at his son's automobile garage and working on cars. He also loved his dog, Willy.
Funeral services will be Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10 am at the Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel. The Rev. Jack Thompson will officiate. Visitation will be from 2pm until 5pm Sunday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Springdale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. You may create an online condolence at