Arthur Eugene “Gene” Ellis passed away on Jan. 7, 2021. He led a wild and colorful life as a combat photographer, TV cameraman, artist, bus driver and coffee drinker. He resided the last several years in Battle Ground and was a staple at Old Town Battle Grounds/Hidden River Roasters where he could be found most days surrounded by his curmudgeon buddies, solving the problems of the world. With no family in the immediate area, Gene was cared for by half of Battle Ground. He loved to barter for favors by offering his watercolor and oil paintings. Full of stories and bits of wisdom, if you knew Gene, you were truly blessed.
A celebration honoring Gene’s life will be held Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hidden River Roasters. Some of Gene’s artwork will be on hand with many artist samples available for anyone who would like a piece to remember Gene by. Please stop by and say hi and toast a cup of java to Gene (aka Waya Ditka, veteran, father, friend.)