Deacon Albert Robinson Ellis Jr., of Baton Rouge, passed away Aug. 8, 2017, at home surrounded by family. He was 87 years old. Deacon Ellis was a husband, father and grandfather. He was ordained a deacon in 1980 and spent his deaconate career at his home church parish, St. George Church in Baton Rouge. From 1997 to 2003, he was the Director of the Permanent Diaconate. He was the last surviving member of his diaconal class and the oldest deacon in the diocese.  

Father Mike Schatzle, pastor of St. George, said in a statement, “Deacon Albert Ellis has served St. George for over 30 years as deacon and also as the church business manager. Deacon Ellis has been a faithful steward. He has a servant’s heart. He will be missed.”   


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Deacon Albert Robinson Ellis Jr.


He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Mildred Dugas Ellis. He is survived by his five children, Jan Ellis; Joni Luce and husband, Steve Luce; Robby Ellis; Andrew Ellis and Michael Ellis; and, seven grandchildren.  

A funeral Mass was Aug. 12 at St. George, celebrated by Father Schatzle, Vicar General Father Thomas Ranzino, Bishop Robert W. Muench and numerous other priests of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The Mass was followed by internment at St. George Cemetery.