1920 - 2009
Levoy Carl Ellsworth, Sr., 89, passed away in Grove, OK on Oct. 8, 2009.
He was born in McLoud, Ok. on Sept. 28, 1920. He graduated from Beggs High School in 1939 and went on to graduate from Business School at Okmulgee Tech. in Okmulgee, OK.
He entered the armed forces in 1942 and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Eighth Air Force in the European Theater. He received his Honorable Discharge on Sept. 7, 1945. He met the love of his life, Lucille Elizabeth Niemeier and was married in Henderson KY in 1946. They moved to Stroud, OK in 1946 where he and his brothers started Ellsworth Brothers Truck Line.
He was a pioneer in the trucking industry and served as President of the Oklahoma Trucking Association and also served as Vice-President at large for the American Trucking Association. He was founder of Port 33, one of the first private ports in Oklahoma. He was active in community affairs in Stroud through the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and an active member in the First Christian Church. He and his wife Lucille later moved to Tulsa, OK, and established a trucking business there. He was a member of the Tulsa Country Club, The Summit Club and The Petroleum Club. He was an avid fan of the Sooners, and in his later years moved to Grove, OK, retiring there in 1993. While in Grove he was a member of the First Methodist Church of Grove, OK.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lucille, his sister, Margaret Eaton and her husband Bruce and his brother John Ellsworth.
He is survived by his children Linda Kay Clouse and her husband Vic of Grove; Levoy Carl Ellsworth, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Tulsa, OK; grandchildren Sarah and Travis Wheeler of Norman, OK; Matthew and Anne Clouse of Norman, OK; Rachel Ellsworth of New York, NY; Melanie Clouse of Tulsa; Scott Ellsworth of Scottsdale, AZ and Molly Ellsworth of Lawrence, KS.; great grandchildren, Charlie Wheeler and MacKenzie Clouse. He is also survived by brothers and sisters Opal Bryan of Stonewall, OK; Charles and Elsie Ellsworth of Sand Springs, OK; Jack and Mildred Ellsworth of Columbus, Ga; Mona and Sam Bailus of Springfield, MO and Nedra Ellsworth of Tulsa.
Funeral services were at Floral Haven Funeral Chapel on Nov. 2, 2009 at 3 pm. Visitation was Nov. 1, 2009 from 1pm - 9pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the First Methodist Church Choir, Grove, OK.