Obituary: David C. Ellis

May 17, 1942 – September 28, 2020

David C. Ellis, 78, of Bedford, passed away on1:11 pm on Monday, September 28, 2020, in the presence of his loving family at his residence.

Born May 17, 1942, in Rock Springs, WY, he was the son of Francis J. and Gladys L. (Staffin) Ellis. He married Clair Wilson on June 6, 1964, and she survives.

A recent transplant from Fairfield, Iowa, he twice retired as a civil engineer from the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the U.S. Army. His oft-repeated advice for his grandsons and the public at large was, “Be good and drive safe!”

Survivors include his wife, Clair, of Bedford; daughter, Susan (Ellis) Juhl and husband, Matt; grandsons, Alexander and Alaric Juhl. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Diana.

Cremation was chosen. No services are scheduled. Family and friends may express condolences at