Ellis V. Ferguson, 85, of Altamont, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 12:25 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Elmhaven East Nursing Home in Parsons.

He was born June 17, 1925, in rural Cherokee County, Kan., to Chesley and Maude (Davolt) Ferguson.

He and Norma Lee Foss were married May 27, 1946, at the Faulkner Christian Church in Faulkner, Kan.

He farmed in Cherokee County and worked in the oil fields of western Kansas before moving to Altamont in 1954. He then worked in construction until 1965 at which time he started working at the Katy Railroad diesel shop, retiring in 1988.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Altamont where he had served as deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher. He served on the Altamont City Council from 1975 to 1979 and was also a member of the Sheet Metal Workers‚ Local Union #53. He enjoyed time spent with his family and especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl, Clifford and Ray; infant brothers, Elmer and Dale; sister, Freda Johnson; and one great-grandson, Briar Lee Miller.

Survivors include his loving and loyal wife of 64 years, Norma Lee of the home, Altamont, Kan.; one son, Victor Lee Ferguson and wife, Brigitte Weilerbach, Germany; three daughters, Martha Ann Miller and husband, Alan rural Parsons, Kan., Rose Mary Ferguson Carl Junction, Mo., Laura Sue Bennett and husband, Stephen rural McCune, Kan.; twelve grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ralph Ferguson and wife, Arzella Overland Park, Kan., LG “Bill” Ferguson and wife, Janet Winooski, Vt.; one sister, Letha Snow and husband, C.A. Granbury, Texas; numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Altamont. Burial will be in the Oswego Cemetery. Friends may call after 10 a.m., Tuesday, at the Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Altamont. Friends may also call at their convenience at the family home located at 907 East Fifth Street in Altamont.

The family has requested no cut or blooming flowers. Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church of Altamont or to the Pioneers, sponsors of great niece, Amber Blummer and her husband Mike. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 325, Altamont, KS 67330.

Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.