On September 21, 1967, Colonel Eugene Ellis, who was to retire in 15 days as Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, died as a result of a heart attack.|
He was appointed a State Trooper on October 6, 1947.
Colonel Eugene Ellis was laid to rest in the Union Cemetery Georgetown, Delaware. In his last public appearance some five hours before his death Colonel Ellis "…called for respect for law and order… Unfortunately the only contact the public has (with policemen) is when they receive a traffic citation. But I don’t suppose (they) would want to deal with drunks, degenerates, and criminals that we do…” He was married to Ida Mae Russell of Georgetown and they had no children.