Richard W. Ellis
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1934 - 2013
Dick Ellis, age 79, passed peacefully into the hands of his Lord and Savior on July 14, 2013. His loving wife, Dee, and their children were by his side as he fought multiple health issues including heart, kidney, and finally lung disease. He was pain free and remained in good spirits all of the time.
He was born in Boise, Idaho (St. Al's hospital) on April 24, 1934 to Hurshell E.and Ina M. Ellis.
Passed away at St. Lukes Hospital - Meridian, less than 2 miles from where he lived all his childhood years (corner of Overland Road and Locust Grove). He attended Locust Grove elementary school and graduated from Meridian High School in 1952.
He enlisted in the US Army in 1953 and was a scout dog trainer. When the Korean War ended, they no longer needed this service and he spent his final year of duty in Japan.
Soon after returning home in 1955 he met the love of his life, Delores (Dee) Reid. They were married in Boise on December 27, 1957. They had over 55 wonderful years together.
Their two children Lori Lee and Steven Walter were born and they became a family of four.
As a family they enjoyed many camping/fishing trips to McCall, Cascade, Strike, and any other spots to fish. They also did annual salmon fishing trips with friends to the Washington/Oregon coast. They always had a pickup camper, trailer, or 5th wheel.
Over the years Dick's major hobbies were hunting, fishing and maintaining a beautiful yard and garden.
The family made Boise their home until 1993 when Dick and Dee moved to Silvercrest II Retirement Community in Nampa, Idaho.
Dick worked for Pacific Intermountain Express (PIE) freight company for 35 years and was a proud member of the Teamster Union. He served on the Executive Board of Local 483 from 1964 - 1988. When PIE closed their doors, he retired from full time employment and began working many temporary and part-time positions including Central Garden Supplies, Scott's, and hauling sugar beets. He loved working.
Dick and Dee enjoyed about 10 winters "Going South" and spending time in the Palm Springs, California area and finally in Lake Havasu, Arizona. They formed many friendships in both places. They also enjoyed many vacation trips including 2 cruises (Caribbean and Alaska), Hawaii, RV trip to Mexico, Fall Foliage Tour to New England, 5 day tour of Idaho with Harmon Travel, and many trips to the Oregon coast with friends from Silvercrest.
For the past five years Dick and Dee faithfully attended Crossroads Church in Nampa.
Survivors include his wife, Dee; son Steve and his wife Lori; Lori (Bracken) Ellis; two grandchildren RJ Bracken and Colton Ellis; a brother: Eugene Ellis and his wife Isabelle; two sisters: Ellen Panzeri, and Julia Ellis; and many nieces and nephews.
His was preceded in death by his parents and a much loved brother-in-law, Ernie Panzeri; and his wife's parents.
Special thanks for their care and concern to Dr. Michael Adcox; Sara Sparks PA; and Bonnie and Jennifer, peritoneal nurses at the Davita Clinic in Meridian.
At Dick's request, no services are planned.
To share memories with the family please visit Dick's memorial webpage at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 17, 2013
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713