Obituaries 08/05/2021


James F. Spilman, 73, July 30, 2021, Patriot, IN, formerly from Cleves. Beloved husband of Mary S. Spilman (nee Shircliff), devoted father of Joseph Spilman (Shellie), Jennifer Mullins (Sean) & Dylan Weiter (Sarah), loving grandfather of Madison, Michael, Dalton, Abbey, Ava & Jack, beloved son of the late Jean (nee Pelk) & James Spilman, dear brother of the late Mike Spilman. James was a lifelong athlete & one of the fiercest competitors you would ever meet. James passed with his wife & son by his side. Visitation Sun., Aug. 8, 4 – 8 PM & Mon., Aug. 9, 12 noon until time of service at 1 PM at the Dennis George Funeral Home, 44 S. Miami Ave., Cleves, OH 45002. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Three Rivers Athletic Boosters, c/o the funeral home. 

Mr. Weston Lee “Wes” Ellis, age 39, of Bennington, Indiana entered this life on July 11, 1982 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He was the loving son of Donald E. Ellis, Jr. and Melanie R. Grey Ellis Demaree. He was raised in the Madison community and graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 2000  where he played football and was a member of the honor society. He then served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Wes then graduated from Southern Indiana University in Evansville with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. He then received his Masters in Geology from California State University at Long Beach. Wes had worked as a geologist with Rubicon Engineering Corporation and Kennedy/Jenks Consultants and resided in Long Beach for ten years. He had resided back at the family farm for the past year and had recently accepted a position with North American Stainless Steel at the time of his death. He also held membership in the Sierra Club. Wes enjoyed camping, biking, fishing, being outdoors, loved animals, and nature was his church. He loved to participate with his late grandfather, Don Ellis, Sr. competing in the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association and was proud to have won at the Friendship competition. Wes will be remembered for his smile, his kindness, and devotion to his family and friends. Wes passed from this life on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 8:21 p.m. on a farm on Bells Branch Road near Bear Branch, Indiana. 

Wes will be missed by his heartbroken mother, Melanie R. Grey Demaree of Versailles, Indiana; his loving sisters, Dawn Ellis of Versailles, Indiana, Amanda Gribbons and her husband, James of Knoxville, Tennessee, Timea Demaree of Deputy, Indiana; his loving brothers, Ethan Ellis of North Vernon, Indiana, Jimmy Demaree and his wife, Clare of Dupont, Indiana; his aunts and uncles, Cheryl Ellis Munoz of Valencia, California, Marcy Hahn and her husband, Roger of Houston, Texas, Melissa Grey, Pam Osborn, John Burney Jackie Arnold, Billy Kiplinger, and Tony Kiplinger; his nephews and his nieces, Tyler Hoskins, Derek Hoskins, Lillian Cline, Sophia Gribbons, Lola Demaree; his close cousins, Jesse Morgan Munoz and his wife, Ashley, Robert “Eli” Munoz, Annie Munoz, Alice Munoz, Bobby Munoz, Alex Hahn, and Garrett Hahn; numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald E. Ellis, Jr., died April 12, 2012, his step father, Tim Demaree, died September 25,2020, his grandfather, Donald Lee Ellis, died March 21, 2016, his grandmother, Marian Jean Caldwell Ellis, died May 12, 2021, his grandmother, Evelyn Grey, his uncles and aunt, Robert Munoz, died in 2003, Donald Ellis,Jr. died April 12, 2012, Gary Weston Ellis, died July 13, 1964, and Alicia Burney and his grandpa, Walter Grey. 

Remembrance service will be conducted Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., by Pastor Tom Scroggins at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.   

Friends may visit Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weston Ellis Remembrance Fund.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances, and memorials can be left at