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Jack Earl Ellis
September 10, 1940 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Jack Ellis of Rogers, Minnesota, was a great husband, dad and grandpa who left this world to be with his wife Sharon Ellis, on January 15, 2024, at age 83.
Jack was born to John and Mary (Yearick) Ellis on September 10, 1940, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jack grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina, Minnesota, where he graduated from Edina High School. Jack then went to the University of Minnesota where he received his bachelor's of science degree in Business. After graduation, Jack joined the Army Reserves and began his career in banking. During the next few years, Jack met his wife, Sharon Ellis whom he married in 1966. They were blessed with two children Blake and Keena, and further blessed with their marriages and six grandkids.
During Jack’s banking career, he worked in Savage, Minnesota; Muscatine, Iowa; New Prague, Minnesota; Alexandria, Minnesota; Deerwood, Minnesota; and Elk River, Minnesota and enjoyed working for independent banks. He loved helping people succeed with their new business. Jack would lend people money and then be there to patronize and support the new business. Jack was deeply involved in the local community, serving in many roles, from the President of Rotary in New Prague to the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Elk River.
Jack had several passions. One was a passion for sports. During high school, Jack was the manager for many of the sports teams. This continued at the University of Minnesota, where he was the manager of the Track and Field team, where he earned a letter. His passion for the University of Minnesota sports teams was strong. He had season football tickets for several years and season basketball tickets from 1978 to 2023. It was always a safe bet to give him gifts related to the University of Minnesota.
Jack's passions extended to outdoor activities, beginning with running in the late 1970s and 1980s, including finishing the City of Lakes and Grandma's Marathons. In the winter, he embraced cross-country skiing, completing several Mora Vasaloppet races. As he entered his 50s, his focus shifted to hiking and biking, embarking on annual bike trips around Minnesota. These excursions led to encounters with Jim Klobuchar, with whom he shared adventures like hiking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal, exploring Machu Picchu in Peru, and conquering Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Regardless of the weather, Jack maintained a daily routine of outdoor walks, demonstrating his resilience and love for nature.
In addition to adventurous travel, Jack had the travel bug to see many places. He was fortunate that his wife Sharon shared his passion for travel. Together, they shared many life experiences, including visiting all 50 states, 52 countries and all seven continents.
Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Sharon (Matson) Ellis; parents, John and Mary Ellis; and sister, Marge (Ellis) Welde.
Jack is survived by his children, Blake (Heather) Ellis and Keena (Andy) Becker; grandchildren, Megan, Gretchen, Breyden, Grant, Dawson and Madison; and other family and friends.
Jack’s funeral will be held at Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School Street NW, Elk River, MN on February 19th at 11 AM, with visitation at 10 AM and lunch following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org)