SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jack Lewis Ellsworth, 88, a lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Wesley Nursing Home surrounded by his wife and children.
Born Aug. 25, 1924, he was the son of the late Ray and Genevieve (Geil) Ellsworth.
Jack graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1943 and immediately enlisted in the U. S. Army
as a medic. After completing basic training, he married Gail Dantz and then was deployed to the Pacific Sector, where he participated in the invasion of Leyte and served in the Philippines with distinction until the war ended.
For much of his life, Jack worked as a printer/
stereotyper for The Saratogian, Times Union, The Post Star and The Schenectady Gazette. He and his wife, Miriam, established The Greenfield Press in 1985 and finally retired in the early 1990s.
Family, friends, his church and community service were most important to Jack. He believed in giving back to his community, to those who may need a helping hand, and instilled that value in his children.
From the time he was a little boy, he was an active member of the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church. As an adult, he taught Sunday School classes, served as an adviser to youth groups and church-sponsored Boy Scout troops, served on numerous church boards and even cooked and served for church dinners. For those who knew him best, the fact that he cooked may come as somewhat of a shock.
Later in life, he gave the same energetic service to Middle Grove United Methodist Church.
Jack was a leader in Saratoga County 4-H clubs and YMCA and was a past member of Greenfield Fire District.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Gail Dantz Ellsworth; his brother, Robert Geil Ellsworth; and a son, William Lewis Ellsworth.
Survivors include his wife, Miriam Phelps Ellsworth; his sister, Audrey Maehl of Santa Fe, N.M.; sons, Jay (Jeanette) of Middle Grove, Philip and Bart of Wilton; daughters, Judi Ash (Jim) and Carol Blowers of Burnt Hills; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave. and Henning Road, followed at 4 p.m. by a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to
of Northeastern NY, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12205; or to Middle Grove Fire Department, 25 North Creek Road, Middle Grove, NY 12850.
Arrangements are under the direction of William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-5373.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.