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Tommy Ellich


1918 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Tommy Ellich Obituary
Tommy Ellich, 95, of Fort Worth passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, after a brief illness. He had struggled with other medical issues for several years and but continued to live his life to the fullest as he had for his entire life. He was a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was also a proud World War II veteran, a lifelong Mason and a member of the Moslah Shrine. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Richland Hills United Methodist Church, 7301 Glenview Drive, North Richland Hills, 76180, the Rev. Amy Tate-Almy officiating. Graveside service: with military and Masonic honors will follow in Greenwood Mount Olivet Memorial Park, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth, 76111. Pallbearers are: Russell, Nathan and Reagan Sauer, Alan Frisbie, Dennis Smith and Tom Boone. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Friendship Sunday School Class and his Masonic Brothers. Memorials: It is suggested that in, lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Richland Hills Methodist Church, or Richland Hills Masonic Lodge No. 1348, 3310 Popplewell St., Richland Hills, Texas 76118, or to the . Tommy was born in Fort Worth on Aug. 29, 1918, to Anna and Sava Ellich and he was very proud of his Czechoslovakian-Moravian heritage. His immigrant parents were delighted in their new country and Tommy, as a first-generation American, continued to proudly follow in his parents footsteps. He graduated from Northside High School and began his working career. He worked for Swift and Company until he joined the U.S. Army in January 1942 and was discharged on Dec. 5, 1945. Tommy was a proud soldier and trained in several states before embarking for Europe with the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Armored Division, the famous "Phantom Division," as they prepared for the final invasion of Germany. He landed at Bremerhaven and fought across Germany to Liepzig in the east when the war ended. He was deeply involved in the "push" to the East and fought at Bastogne and helped secure the key German Ludendorff bridge at Remagen. This key bridge allowed the Allies to establish a bridgehead on the east side of the Rhine River. He was proud of his Army experiences and as a sergeant, he became a tank commander in Reconnaissance. His unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for extraordinary heroism and gallantry in combat and his other service medals included: the American Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Medal with three bronze stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. These awards recognized his brave service and that of others under combat conditions. Like many of the Greatest Generation who served, he seldom talked about his combat experiences. Tommy was a lifetime Mason of 68 years and was a past master of two Masonic Lodges. He greatly enjoyed the fellowship and activities of Richland Masonic Lodge No. 1348. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Moslah Shrine. He was an active Mason in every aspect of his life, held many offices and thoroughly enjoyed supporting the Shrine's many benevolent activities such as the Children's Burn Center. As a Shrine "Bedouin" he enjoyed thoroughly playing in the Oriental Band. Tommy married Martha Caldwell in 1946 and they had two children. Valerie B. Boone is married to Col. Tom S. Boone of Fredericksburg, and Don Ellich is from Fort Worth. Martha predeceased him in 2002. From this marriage they were blessed with four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Tommy remarried in August 2004 and his lovely wife, Rosa Lee Ellich, survives him. Their time together was a wonderful period allowing them both to enjoy one another and travel and participate in a variety of social activities, hobbies and Masonic functions.
Published in Star-Telegram on June 12, 2014
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