Jerry J. Ellis, 73, of Patch Grove passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born on July 25, 1940, in Bloomington, the son of Donald and Tossie (Arnett) Ellis. He married Shirley Haberichter on Oct. 24, 1959 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley.
Jerry was a “small town man” spending his entire life in Patch Grove. He graduated from Patch Grove High School in 1958. Jerry and Shirley raised their family in the home that he built there in 1960. He was a member of Patch Grove Fire Department for 48 years.
Jerry worked as a carpenter for Walz Lumber Company for 47 years. Since his retirement, he has continued to work for family and friends. Jerry was a master woodworker creating numerous precision scale models, clocks, bowls and furniture. “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Jerry is survived by Shirley, his loving wife and dance partner of 54 years; his three children, Stephanie (Mark) Steffensmeier, Mike (Lisa) Ellis, Kim (Pat) Esser, all of Bloomington; nine grandchildren, Dan Steffensmeier, Ashley (Joseph) Krantz, Becky Steffensmeier, Daryl (Nikki) Ellis, Kevin Ellis, Katrina Ellis, Brittany Ellis, Shea Esser, Cordt Esser; two great grandsons, Reece Krantz, Trevor Ellis; one brother, Milton (LaVonne) Ellis, Prairie du Chien; two sisters-in-law, Nadine (Doug) Caya, Sebeka, Minn., Dorothy (Jim) Stimart, Bagley; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Haberichter.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bagley with Pastor Nick Barootian officiating. Burial will be in Patch Grove Cemetery, Patch Grove. Family and friends may call on Friday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.
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