Lee Hulver Ellmaker, age 76, of Gravois Mills, Missouri, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021 at his home. He was born November 13, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri a son of James Robert and Merrie Dean (Hulver) Ellmaker.
On July 21, 1972 in Arlington, Virginia, he was united in marriage to Maxine Ann Vassanelli. Together they shared the past forty-eight years of marriage.
Lee was raised in Lexington, Missouri, became an Eagle Scout with Troop 318 and was a graduate of Lexington High School in the class of 1962. While attending college, he joined the Untied States Army and served his county proudly in the Vietnam War. He served in Da Nang, Can Tho and Saigon at the MACV Headquarters before being honorably discharged as a Captain. Lee enlisted with the Army National Guard and retired from the military after thirty-two years of service to his country. He began a career as a mechanic at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and retired to the Lake of the Ozarks on 2007.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Lexington, Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie Missouri, Elks Lodge #749 in Lexington, Missouri and the Lake Ozark Corvette Club. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and tinkering. He like working on any type of engine and was currently restoring a 1949 Ford flatbed pickup truck.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Ellmaker of the home; his mother, Merrie Dean Stewart of Higginsville, Missouri; a son, James Robert Ellmaker and wife Christina of Oak Grove, Missouri; two grandchildren, Madilyn Ellmaker and Parker Ellmaker; a sister, Linda Stabenow and husband Phil of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; nieces and nephews and a host of friends, He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Ellmaker. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, Missouri.
Memorial donations may be made to B.S.A. Troop 318 in Lexington, B.S.A. Troop 4266 in Oak Grove or the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital.
Online condolences may be left at www.kidwellgarber.com.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
Posted online on March 11, 2021