William A. Chellis

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WAYNE - William A. Chellis, 72, died at Central Maine Medical Center July 15, 2019 following a short illness.
Bill was born in Portland on August 14, 1946, the son of Allen and Dorothy (Neutzman) Chellis.
He lived in North Parsonfield, later moving to Winthrop with his family. He spent his last 37 years at his home in North Wayne.
Bill graduated from Winthrop High School and University of Maine Orono. He held a variety of jobs including positions with DHS for the State of Maine, The Charles M. Bailey Public Library in Winthrop and substitute teaching.
Bill served in the United States Navy on the USS Wasp, participating in ocean retrieval of an Apollo spacecraft upon its' return. He retired from the United States Army as Sergeant First Class, serving in the Maine Army National Guard/Reserves. Additionally, Bill was a volunteer firefighter with the Town of Wayne.
Bill celebrated his Scottish heritage and enjoyed genealogical research. He had a great appreciation of the arts, including music (Celtic, jazz & blues), fabric artistry, theater/performing arts, jewelry and woodworking, among others. Many will remember Bill's support of auto ice racing, his love of animals and the outdoors. He was also an avid reader.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Joan, his beloved dog, Finch, and other pets.
He is survived by his sisters, Lynn Chellis and Isara Chellis Argent, as well as many dear friends.
A celebration of Bill's life will be held at the Ladd Recreation Center in Wayne from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., with a short service beginning at 2:00. This will be a time for sharing memories and stories with family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to PALS Animal Shelter, 188 Case Road, Winthrop, ME 04364 or Cary Memorial Library, P.O. Box 127, Wayne, ME 04284.
Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 62 Bowdoin St., Winthrop where memories, condolences, photos and videos maybe shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.familyfirstfh.com
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Published on July 24, 2019
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