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Ellis Cordell Horton

September 15, 1931 - September 14, 2016

Obituary


Ellis Cordell Horton, 84 of Chillicothe, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Unity Point Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born September 15, 1931 in a farmhouse in Speer, IL to James E. and Abbie Deborah Horton, and was the eldest of four brothers. Surviving are his daughter, Linda Murphy of Peoria, IL, his granddaughter, Shawna (Dan) Streitmatter of Dunlap, IL; his grandson, Seth Bowen of Peoria, IL; his great-granddaughters Jillian and Ella Streitmatter of Dunlap, IL; his daughter, Connie Bock of East Peoria; granddaughter, Lindsey Bock of East Peoria; and his brother, Raymond...

Ellis Cordell Horton, 84 of Chillicothe, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Unity Point Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born September 15, 1931 in a farmhouse in Speer, IL to James E. and Abbie Deborah Horton, and was the eldest of four brothers. Surviving are his daughter, Linda Murphy of Peoria, IL, his granddaughter, Shawna (Dan) Streitmatter of Dunlap, IL; his grandson, Seth Bowen of Peoria, IL; his great-granddaughters Jillian and Ella Streitmatter of Dunlap, IL; his daughter, Connie Bock of East Peoria; granddaughter, Lindsey Bock of East Peoria; and his brother, Raymond (Pam) Horton of Chillicothe. He was preceded in death by his son Stephen Horton and two brothers. Ellis attended Chillicothe High School where he lettered in 3 sports and graduated in 1949. He then attended Eureka College and graduated in 1954. While at Eureka College, Ellis lettered in 3 sports. He was the MVP of his football team; and in 1952 set an NCAA record for the longest touchdown run of 99 yards in the nation. He was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Eureka College, the same as another revered alumnus, Ronald Reagan, who he was delighted to meet several times. In 1954, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions and entered the NFL as a running back. He was later sidelined due to injury. After the NFL, he had a strong desire to give back to his community and wanted to spend his teaching and coaching career back in his hometown of Chillicothe, IL. He taught Biology and Anatomy and Physiology at Illinois Valley Central High School for 38 years. He was the Head Football and Track Coach for 15 years. He took the time to instill the importance of a good education to his student athletes. He had a great passion for teaching and coaching and continued to attend and support the IVC football team long after his coaching and teaching days were over into his 80's. He was inducted into the IVC Hall of Fame. He was a proud supporter of the Grey Ghost Athletics Boosters. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching and supporting his beloved Chicago Bears and University of Illinois Fighting Illini. He loved decorating for holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas for his kids and grandkids. He had a green thumb and passion for gardening and taking care of his large yard. It was also important to him to keep up on world events, local politics and even celebrity gossip to discuss with his daughter and grandchildren. He was very proud of his daughters and grandchildren for their accomplishments. And he took great pride that his passion for sports was passed down to his granddaughter, Shawna and grandson, Seth. He proudly supported them by taking them to practices and attending their sporting events. He was a 32nd Mason, and member of the George Washington Lodge #222 in Chillicothe, the Scottish Rite Bodies - Valley of Peoria, and was a Shriner. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am Monday, September 19th at the First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe with visitation two hours prior. The Rev. Ronald Martz will officiate. Burial will follow at Chillicothe City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Illinois Valley Central Educational Foundation.