In loving memory of Gerald Hayes Ellis, 84, of Billings who departed us on June 12, 2014. (Gerry) was born on March 5, 1930, in Moore, to parents Hayes and Gertrude Ellis.
He proudly served his county in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. Acquiring a master’s degree of science in agronomy from Montana State University in 1961, Gerald went on to a rewarding and fulfilling career in his field. He was an accomplished agronomist from MSU and CSU, where he retired in 1994. Gerry was the youngest of eight children including Eugene, Clearance, Alice, Jess, Leroy, Rose and Florence. He married Alice (Christie) Ellis on Dec. 18, 1960, and is survived by her with a most wonderful marriage of 54 years. They had four children who all married and gave them nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three step-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, with one great-grandchild on the way.
His surviving family legacy is as follows: Gennette Hogan (Pattrick), of Billings, with children Alix and Jacob; son Kerry (Rosemary) Ellis, of London, with children Sean and Stephan and stepchildren Kiran, Roshan and Akshay; daughter Susan (John) Williamson, of Platteville, Colo., with children Bian and Justin; daughter Becky (Mike) Johnson, of Billings with children Arron, Wallace and Kara; Arron’s child Eli and stepchildren Malakai and Raelee. Gerald also leaves behind nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Truly, Gerald’s passion in life was his family. Never boastful and always humble, always putting his family and friends' concerns above his own, that was Gerry’s nature. His caring and friendly, outgoing personality had acquired him meaningful and lasting friendships across the country and around the globe. His family lightheartedly jested, “Dad we can’t go anywhere were you don’t know somebody.” That was Gerald, never offensive and always mild mannered, a true man of genuine character.
As mentioned, Gerry’s passion and focus in life was always his family. He was a most loving family man who always put his family first. Always there to support his children and grandchildren in every venture, academic or sport. His dedication to his family shows in the fine character of his children.
There are so many fond stories in Gerry’s life, they could fill an encyclopedia. There is not enough room in his friends’ and families’ hearts to hold all the love he showed to them. To know more about Gerald Ellis’ life, just ask anyone, because chances are you know someone who knew him.
Gerald, Dad, Grandpa, you will be always in our hearts, always in our prayers and always sadly missed. Thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit and life with us all.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the Yellowstone National Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through “Our Families.”