Edwin "Eddie" Ellis, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Bob Cappel officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and the South Dakota Army National Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Pallbearers are Robert Graham, Russ Simonsen, Charles Gust, Jeff Day, Christopher Gust, and Steve Ellis. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren.
Eddie Ellis was born September 8, 1932, in Yankton, South Dakota to Edwin E. and Okle (Moore) Ellis. Eddie enlisted in the United States Army in February 1953 and served in the Korean War. Eddie married Alice Boerema of June 23, 1955 in Yankton. They lived on a farm in rural Yankton, where Eddie began working as an auto body technician in Yankton most recently for Steve's Auto Body in Yankton. Eddie worked in body shops most of his life but also worked as a part-time farmer around his place raising feeder pigs.
Eddie took great pride in the large family he built. He loved spending time with his family and was very proud of all of their accomplishments. He truly showed his family what it meant to love, since next year Eddie and Alice would have celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 60 years, Alice Ellis of Yankton; five daughters: Barbara (Charles) Gust of Omaha, Nebraska; Lori (Russ) Simonsen of Yankton; Judi (Jeff) Day of Elburn, Illinois; Cathy (Kelly Rayson) Voyles of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Amy (Robert) Graham of Wichita, Kansas; 11 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; five great grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; special nephew, Steve Ellis of Yankton; and many other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Charlotte Case and Katherine Mielenz; and two brothers: Orval Ellis and Barry Ellis.
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I was sorry to here of Eddie's passing, he was a good man and will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with the Ellis family.
Alice, I am so sorry to read that Eddie has passed away. I remember as a child coming to your house and the fun I had playing with your daughters. You are in my thoughts.
Angie (Gray) Ladner
My thoughts and prayers to the entire Ellis family.
What a fun dad! I loved coming to the house and hanging out and playing pool and listening to him dealing with all the daughters he loved so very much.. He will be missed by all. Hugs to you Alice and all you girls..
I worked with ed for seven years at steves body shop. I learned a great deal from Ed and still believe he was one of the most all around talented people I ever worked with. Great teacher and I enjoyed being his coworker.
I worked with Eddie for 10 years at Steve's Body Shop. I started as a floor sweeper but became an experienced technician after a few years largely due to Eddie being a great teacher. I've stayed in the business all of my career and have never come across someone with his abilities and talent. He could work a frame machine like no other.
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