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JOHN FINLEY OLLIS, age 90, of El Paso, Texas died Wednesday, May 08, 2013. He was born January 19, 1923 in Havaco, West Virginia, the son of Issac Hayes Ollis and Maude Belle (Walker) Ollis. John enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corp in Hot Springs, NC. After the CCC, John enlisted in the US Army on July 19, 1940 in Johnson City, TN and was first stationed at Camp Jackson, SC with Company E, 13th Infantry. He served in Europe with the 518th M.P. Battalion. In July 1944 he helped unload a burning truck full of gas cans at St. Lo, France, and was recommended for the Soldier's Medal. On December 16, 1944 he was in the Battle of the Bulge in Malmedy, Belgium. He also witnessed the horrors of Buchenwald concentration camp near Weimar, Germany. Later he spent 16 months in the Korean Conflict guarding prisoners of war. He retired from the army in 1972 at Ft. Bliss. On August 29, 1945 John married Gabrielle Augusta Gislaine Martin in Barvaux, Belgium, and had four daughters and one son. Survivors include a son, Dr. Phillip (Barbara) Charles Ollis, Nancy (Sterling) Marcelle Gislaine Ollis Hartwell, Jacqueline (Michael) Michelle Gislaine Ollis Haley, Susan (Steve) Colleen Gislaine Ollis Ellis; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Thelma Erline Ollis, Lucille Helen Ollis Donnelly, Pearl June Ollis, and Edna Mae Ollis; two brothers, Charles Lee Ollis and Paul Joseph Ollis Taylor; and one daughter, Claire Dorothy Ollis. Services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

Published in El Paso Times from May 11 to May 20, 2013
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