John Ellsworth Wall

Sept. 7, 1942 — Oct. 23, 2019

John Ellsworth Wall, 77, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Winamac, passed away Oct. 23, 2019, in Advent Hospital, Ocala, Florida. 

John was born on Sept. 7, 1942, in Argos, to Edwin and Helen (Biddle) Wall. He married Phyllis Podell Knarr on May 15, 1971, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac. 

John graduated from Winamac High School in 1961. He attended Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida. While residing in Winamac, John and his family developed the Rising Sun Campground in Monterey. John and his family moved to Ocala, Florida, in 1981. 

John was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Lockheed Martin Co. after 20 years of service as an electronics assembler for the Pershing missile and the Patriot and Night Lantern projects. 

John was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. John Lutheran Church Choir and men’s group. John enjoyed traveling, fishing, playing cards and spending time with family.

John is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Phyllis of Ocala, Florida; daughter Michelle Menke of Land O’ Lakes, Florida; sons: Mathew Knarr of Ocala, Florida, Richard [Monica] Knarr of Belleview, Florida, Phillip Wall of Ocala, Florida, and John A. [Ambuir] Wall of Mascoutah, Illinois; brother David [Marcie] Wall of Fort Wayne; sisters: Edwina [Rich] Ploss of Star City, and Gladys [George] Knebel of Winamac; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

John was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Helen (Biddle) Wall; and brother Dean Wall. 

Christian burial services for John were held on Oct. 28, 2019, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with Pastor Joe Signore III officiating. Cremation followed.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, at the Winamac Cemetery in Winamac, with Pastor Tom Woodley of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Winamac officiating. The VFW and the American Legion will conduct military graveside services. Burial will follow.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Online tributes may be made at

(Pulaski County Journal — July 29, 2020)

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