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John Charles Ellis, 44, went home to be with his Lord on October 25, 2011. He passed away at his home in Spokane, WA, surrounded by family and friends. He did not lose his battle to cancer - he won the battle to live. He was focused on God, and that testimony has been an inspiration to many.
John was born February 28, 1967 in Spokane to James and Roberta Ellis. He lived his entire life in Spokane, graduating from Mead High School and Gonzaga University, and he spent his career as a Professional Engineer with Aerial Engineering. John married Bernice Hoener, and they have three children - Jessica, Nathan, and Laura. John loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his family snow skiing, hiking, kayaking, woodworking, camping, and riding his motorcycle. John was not just a husband - he was Bernice's best friend. He was not just a father - he was an incredible and devoted Dad to the very end, and he had a great laugh. John was an active member of Northview Bible Church, serving faithfully as a deacon for many years.
John is survived by his wife, Bernice, children, Jessica, Nathan, and Laura; parents, James and Roberta Ellis, of Spokane; sister, Karen May of Spokane; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. A memorial fund for John's children has been established at the Spokane Teachers Credit Union.
The family invites you to celebrate John's life at a memorial service on Saturday, November 5, at 10:30 am at Northview Bible Church at 13521 North Mill Road, Spokane.
He was loved by all, and he will be missed by all.
Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2011