Elmer “Ellis” McCoy, 85, formerly of La Grande, died of natural causes March 1 in Klamath Falls. A memorial is planned for summer 2008 in La Grande.

Elmer, also known as Ellis, was born in February 1923 in La Grande, the youngest son of Delmer and Mintie (Neal) McCoy. His parents operated a dairy on Mt. Glen Road. Ellis attended the Mt. Glen School and graduated from La Grande High School. He took over the family dairy and ran it for many years.

Ellis married Rose Marie Buckley on Aug. 10, 1944. He enjoyed running the dairy, farming and operating an electrical/plumbing shop in town. He was a member and past president of the La Grande Lions Club. Rose and Ellis traveled the U.S. for many years, then moved to Klamath Falls in 2001 to be near family.

Ellis is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rose McCoy; children and their significant others, Eloise McCoy and John McKim of Eugene, Christy Stanfield and Gregg Dutton of Grand Junction, Colo., Rande McCoy and Valerie Thomas of Klamath Falls, and Deena and Dan Rutledge of Klamath Falls; and one granddaughter of Keizer.

LaGrande Observer – Obituaries for the week ending March 22, 2008

Submitted by Dixie Ricker