Gary George Ellis went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 13, 2007. He died at home in Hammett, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with Leukemia at the age of 63. Gary died as he lived, with dignity and optimism. He loved life, laughter, mountains, horses, hunting and fishing. His priorities in his life were faith, family and friends. We are so grateful for the countless friends and loving prayers. God shined through Gary, illuminating the lives he touched. Gary was born on Dec. 28, 1943, in Sylvia, Kansas. He led a life of integrity and honor, serving proudly in the United States Army for 21 years, including his dedicated year of service in Vietnam. He was a valuable asset to the community, actively volunteering in various organizations and causes. He was a life-member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and was deacon and treasurer of the Hammett Community Church. Gary served on the Glenns Ferry Chamber of Commerce, serving one year as president. His love of Veteran organizations was evident, with memberships in Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and a life-member of Veterans of Foreign War. He died while serving as VFW State Commander of Idaho, 2006-2007. Gary is survived by his loving family, his wife of 40 years, Frances Ellis, his daughter Carrie and her husband Mike Hoffmann of Milwaukee, Wis., his son Jeff Ellis of North Pole, Alaska, his son Gary Jr. and his wife Brenda Ellis of Hammett, his mother Donna Ellis of Stafford, Kan., his two brothers Greg and his wife Hazel Ellis of Murdock, Kan., and Kim and his wife Kay Ellis of St. John, Kan., his sister Kay and her husband Gary Harrison of Hutchinson, Kan., his grandchildren, Grayson, Siri, and Romas Ellis, Miranda and Maia Ellis, and Ryland Ellis, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ona George Ellis, several aunts, uncles and grandparents. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Hammett Community Church in Hammett, Idaho. A reception for family and friends will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the V.F.W. Post #3646, Glenns Ferry, Idaho. Inurnment, with full military honors, will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Idaho Veterans State Cemetery in Boise, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made in Gary´s name to Hammett Community Church, C/O Frances Ellis, 733 So. Quail Drive, Hammett, Id 83627 or VFW Post #3646, Glenns Ferry, Id. Arrangements are under the direction of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home, Idaho. The family would like to thank the oncology staff at St. Al´s Hospital, along with Horizon Home Health and Hospice for their love, support and care. We love you Dad!
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 17, 2007.