Warren James Ellison passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2012 in Chandler, Ariz.
Memorial services were held at Village Oaks/Ameritas in Chandler, Ariz. Dec. 15, Warren's final resting place will be in Nebraska.
Memorials have been established in Warren's name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or
. Memorials can be sent to Jim and Gail Ellison, 1645 Yucca Drive, Gering, Nebraska 69341.
Warren was born in Superior, Neb. on August 16, 1923. He was the son of Raymond Ellison and Ethel Winter of Superior. During World War II, Warren was stationed at eight airbases as an instructor in carrier landings, torpedo bombing, and searched the ""Bermuda Triangle"" for 27 lost pilots in 1945. Warren married Fern Campe April 19, 1945. Together they started and operated the first coin self serve laundry in Tampa, Florida, after his discharge. Warren graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1953, with a pharmacy degree. He moved to Sidney, and bought a Rexall Pharmacy on 10th and Illinois in 1954. While in Sidney, he was an active member of the Rotary (President), Elks club, Jaycees and Men's Chorus. He was former President of the Nebraska Pharmacy Association. After selling the pharmacy in 1978 to Wendall Gaston, he and Fern moved to Phoenix, Ariz. He was Executive Director of the Arizona Pharmaceutical Association until 1988 when he retired.
Warren enjoyed working in the family business and loved to play golf. He enjoyed and was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Warren is survived by: son, James W. (Gail) Ellison, of Gering; son, Dr. Gregory L. Ellison of Tempe, Ariz., Judy Ellison of Tempe, Ariz. and Wayne McRoberts of Scottsbluff; grandchildren: Charlyn (Scott) Morrison of Phoenix, Ariz., Brent (Amy) Ellison of Scottsbluff, Jeff Ellison of Gilbert, Ariz., Lauren (Patrick) McGarry of Buckeye, Ariz., Carmen (Ryan) Anderson of Omaha and Keenan McRoberts of Ithaca, N.Y.; great-grandchildren: Julia Ellison and Wesley Ellison of Scottsbluff and Talia Anderson of Omaha.
Warren was preceded in death by his wife, Fern Ellison, his parents, Raymond and Ethyl, his daughter, Catherine McRoberts of Scottsbluff and brother, Wayne Ellison.