John Tomlinson Ferris

John Tomlinson Ferris of Cedarburg, formerly Lexington, Mass., was born to eternal life Jan. 16, 2006, at age 84. John was born in Chicago Heights, Ill. and raised in several towns in southern Wisconsin including Baraboo, Walworth and Reedsburg. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1940.

He received B.A. from Northland College, Ashland, in 1947 and later received his M.S. in 1951 from the University of Houston, Houston. Volunteering for military service in WWII interrupted his college studies.

He served as a sergeant in ground radar repair for the U.S. Army Air Corps in the South Pacific from 1943-1945. Mr. Ferrisí work career started as a professor of photography at the University of Houston, serving as chairman of the department for eight years.

This was followed by 10 years at Bausch & Lomb Co., Rochester, N.Y. as head of electro-optical and fiberoptic research department where six patents were granted. He was then a cost-engineer for Stone & Webster Co.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Ferris were raised as Wisconsinites, so after retiring from Stone & Webster they returned to Wisconsin.

John was active in many community activities including Rotary and many church related services. He served as an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church in Houston and continued serving in that role in Pittsford, N.Y. He was elected deacon at the Hancock United Church of Christ, Lexington, and served on various committees such as finance and directing weekly live television broadcasts.

Though retired, he remained an active church member with the Grafton Pilgrim UCC congregation until his death. His greatest enjoyment;, however, over the last 60 years, was to spend time at his lake property on the Wisconsin River with family and friends.

Beloved husband of the late (06/02/06) Elizabeth "Betty" (Johnson) Ferris for fifty-four years. Loving father of Mary (Ferris) Litton and Larry Gray of Boston and John Bailey and Natalie (Nelson) Ferris of Cedarburg. Beloved grandfather of James Robert and Valorie (Palmer) Litton III of Indianapolis, Ind. and Erin Elizabeth Ferris and Kathleen Ann Ferris of Cedarburg. Dear brother to Harlo Hakes and Ann (Favorite) Ferris Jr. and Mary Statira (Ferris) and Robert Judson Gilbert and brother-in-law David Bailey and Rita (Gingles) Johnson. Zany, thoughtful uncle to many nieces and nephews and a loyal friend to those who became part of his extended family in both heart and deed.

His family and friends now morn his passing but know that his deep, strong faith will bring him to the joy of Godís presence.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 5-7 p.m. at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 2nd Ave., Grafton.

The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be at Hancock Cemetery, Hancock. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Johnís name may be sent to Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland WI 54806or to the Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisting the family.