Melvin Ellis 1919 - 2011 On Saturday, March 12, Melvin Ellis passed away having lived a full life. He was born in Fort Levenworth, Kansas, but spent his years growing up in Wichita, Kansas during the Great Depression. Melvin joined the United States Navy at age 18 and went on to serve his country for 21 years, participating in World War II and the Korean War. He was present at many of the great battles-Pearl Harbor, Attu, D-day, and Iwo Jima to name a few. In 1947, Melvin and his wife, Helen, bought their dream house in Naples and continued to live there for the rest of their lives. After 22 years of employment, he retired from Atlantic Richfield Oil Refinery in Wilmington, California. Melvin was a gentle man, always ready with a big smile to greet you and always willing to give any assistance he could for family and friends. He loved his daily walks into Belmont Shore where he would sit, sipping a cup of coffee and people watch for hours. Friends and family will greatly miss him. Melvin was preceded in death by his dear wife, Helen in 2001, and is survived by his daughter, Linda (Frame) and son-in-law, Michael. A graveside ceremony will be held at 2:00, April 15, 2011 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 1500 E. San Antonio Drive, Long Beach followed by a Celebration of Life, to be held at the Long Beach Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Melvin's memory to the
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Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2011