Ellis, Rev. Pat Edward


Rev. Pat Edward Ellis, 62, of Seneca, went home to his Lord and Savior at 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca after a brief illness.

An ordained United Methodist elder currently serving as pastor of Heckathorn United Methodist Church in Seneca, Pat also served as the chaplain for the Oil City Presbyterian Nursing Home. 

He served many United Methodist congregations through the years, including Webster, Timblin-Porter, Salisbury (Maryland), Venango/Woodcock/Teepleville in the Meadville area.

Born October 22, 1949 in DuBois, he was the son of the late Willard E. and Miriam J. Patterson Ellis.

Pat graduated from Swissvale High School in Pittsburgh and then earned an undergraduate degree from Clarion University. He then furthered his studies at the Wesleyan Theological University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree.

He was a former member of the Lions Club and the Saegertown Grange. In his earlier years he was employed by McKeesport Hospital and the Allegheny County Coroner's Office.


Pat enjoyed watching football and professional wrestling, swimming, playing the Wii, watching movies, and the family dogs. His greatest joy though, was playing with and spending time with his precious grandchildren.

He was married in Oakland, Maryland on November 20, 1971 to the former Renee J. Keefe, who preceded him in death on November 15, 2011.

Surviving are three children: Christopher Ellis and wife Michele of Baltimore, Maryland; Nicole Wier and husband Jason of Hermitage, and Tabitha Smith and husband Ryan of Seneca; his beloved grandchildren, McKaylah, Bradley, Aiyanna, and Heyden Smith of Seneca, and Bailey and Ethan Wier of Hermitage; a brother, Wayne Ellis and wife Robin of West Virginia; two sisters, Jane O'Connell and husband Bob of Penn Hills, and Sandy Kim of Honolulu, Hawaii; numerous nieces and nephews; and also his family dogs, Sassy and Coco; and his 'grand-dogs' Smokey, Oreo and Chewbacca.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clair Ellis; and a brother-in-law, Daniel Kim.

Friends were to be received Friday, April 27 from 4-9 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., Seneca, Cranberry Township. Funeral services to celebrate Pat's life will scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, (Apr. 28 in the Heckathorn United Methodist Church, 369 Heckathorn Church Road in Seneca, with the Rev. William Greene, United Methodist pastor and Pat's longtime friend, officiating. Friends will be received Saturday at the church one hour prior to the service, but there will be no viewing at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Heckathorn United Methodist Church, 369 Heckathorn Church Road, Seneca, PA 16346.

Condolences may be sent to the family online by visiting www.hilebest.com