Milford Hindman "Mel" Ellis


Milord "Mel" Hindman Ellis
b. December 21, 1916, in Los Angeles, California
d. June 9, 2012, in Lacey, Washington
Son of Vinnie and Alexander Ellis, Mel was the oldest of 5 children and lived most of his life in Western
Washington and Alaska.
During World War II he joined the Merchant Marines, traveling to Peru and India, and became a
photography buff.
Mel loaded boxcars of lumber at local mills, then went to work with Weyerhauser as a camp watchman at
Weikswood, where he became one of the ?rst reforestation tree planters. Later he became an expert tree
faller. Afer an injury Mel took a job with Alaska Airlines where he was commended by the airlines for
saving two pilots from a burning jet.
Mel is survived by siblings, Marian Ellis Marriot, and Martin Ellis: stepchildren; Ruby (Marvin) Janzen, Bill (Lillian) Harris, Bob
(Gineta) Harris, Judy (Earnest) Nolan, Wesley (Clara) Harris and Dixie (Max) Cain: nieces and nephews; Arlyn Harris, Holly
(Richard) Breidenbach, Howard (Vicki) Horton, Barbara Horton and Nancy Horton, Carolyn (Bob) Jones, Bete Radtke, Irvin Marriot,
Raymond Marriot, Norman Ellis, Sharon Ellis Rice, Elaine (Bill) DuBose, Robert Ellis, Scot (Teresa) Martin, Brent (Shirley) Martin
and Kandice Martin. He set some great examples of determination and skill at living life well for his many grandchildren and great-nieces
and -nephews.
Mel was preceded in death by wife Daisy, stepson Jack Harris, and second wife Rosemarie.
Published in The Juneau Empire from June 27 to July 27, 2012