Vernon “Tony” Anthony Ollis, 72, of Springfield and formerly of Granite City, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.
He was born Jan. 10, 1943, in McDougal, Ark., to Vernon and Marilyn M. (nee: Hosea) Ollis. Vernon served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, where he was an SCT ES and Petroleum Product Analyst. Vernon worked for Dow Chemical until his retirement, as both a machinist and accountant. He also worked as an accountant during tax season and for Homeland Security after his retirement.
Vernon loved to fish and enjoyed playing baseball, coaching and managing a baseball team and playing strategy games with his son Joe. He married Valerie Miller June 23, 1995 in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by father, Vernon Ollis; infant son, Nathaniel; a grandson and a great-granddaughter.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Ollis of Springfield; mother, Marilyn Ollis of Granite City; four daughters, Tina Kieffer of Jerseyville, Vaneta (John) Pate of Sebring, Mo., Kelly Tindell and fiancée, Steve Misko, of Cuba, Mo., and Cindy (Terry) Endicott of Salem, Mo.; three sons, Michael Ollis of Leasburg, Mo., Nathan (Mary) Ollis of Gillespie, and Joseph Ollis of Springfield; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Ollis Brawley and her husband, David Brawley, of Granite City; and mother and father-in-law, Ruby and William Powell of St. Louis.
Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory in Granite City. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at the funeral home with burial to follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Online guestbook available at www.wojstrom.com.