Joel A. Ellis US Army SFC Ret., 75

February 15, 2021

Joel A. Ellis US Army SFC Ret., 75, of Lititz, PA passed away peacefully Monday February 15, 2021.

Born December 30, 1945, in Elizabeth City, NC, Joel was the son of the late Francis and Millicent (Willey) Ellis. Joel honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War Era from 1966 to 1970. Joel went on to continue his dedicated service to our country through the Army National Guard for 16 years where he retired as a Sergeant First Class in 1993. Notably, Joel continued his commitment of service as a Post Commander of Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 for 5 years.

On February 14, 1999, Joel married his beloved wife, Susan Valentine, in Milford, CT and recently celebrated 22 wonderful years of marriage. Joel was a longtime employee of Stolt-Nielsen, Inc. where he worked for 28 years as a communications specialist until his retirement. In his spare time, Joel enjoyed golfing, bowling, and cycling. He was an active man and was fortunate enough to travel to many wonderful places throughout the world with Italy being a favorite. Joel will be remembered as a loyal man, one who values honesty, and a friendly individual that never met a stranger. Above all, he was a family man who cherished his family and the many wonderful memories created with them.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Ellis; the daughter of his heart: Leigh Trayer wife of Scott; a brother: Wayne Ellis; two sisters: Kathy Ellis and Linda Poplin; as well as two treasured grandsons: Jack and Kyle. Their Poppy will forever live on in their hearts.

Family and friends will be received at Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home, 3110 Lititz Pike Lititz, PA 17543 on Sunday February 21, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm. A funeral service will immediately follow at 3pm with Pastor Craig Ross officiating. For those who cannot attend, Joel’s service will be livestreamed and access can be made below his obituary page found at Access will be granted moments before the start of his service. Interment will occur Monday February 22, 2021 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery at 10:30am where military honors will be rendered. Procession from the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home will begin at 9am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joel’s honor can be made to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc., 1117 Country Club Road Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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Condolences to the Family

February 27, 2021

Dear Susan,
We are so sorry to hear about Joel.  Joel was a very special person and always made us laugh! He will be missed!  Our thoughts to you and your family.  Our prayers, Ron & Mary Drotos 

February 24, 2021

Sue,  I was so sorry to hear about Joel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.  Joan

February 22, 2021

Joel was married to my Aunt when I was a kid. He was a Great Man!! He treated my brother and I like we were his kids. He was always a joy to be around. I stayed in touch with him over the years because he was that Awesome! I’m going to miss you Joel just like everyone else that was lucky enough to know you. RIP Joel Ellis, we’ll meet again on the other side.
Christian Biff Witkowsky

February 21, 2021

May he rest in peace.
Mike & Dot Kalakay

February 19, 2021

I would like to extend my condolences to Joel family for the great loss.
Fred Tontodonati

February 19, 2021

My condolences to the family.RIP Joel.
Mark Myers

February 18, 2021

Sue and family so sorry for your loss he was such a wonderful person 
Lorraine Hayford

February 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss, Joel was a gentle and kind man.
Cindy Ulrich

February 17, 2021

Thoughts & Prayers Sue to you & your family.  May all thoses beautiful memories you shared with Joel get you threw this difficult time. Mary Ann & Jim

February 17, 2021

A man is truly defined by the love that surrounds him. So sorry for the loss of your dear Poppy.
Lorraine DiBernardo

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Lititz, PA 17543
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