John Ellis

June 21, 1930-Sept. 5, 2017

John Fredrick Ellis, 87,

Upham, died Tuesday,

September 5, 2017 in a

Minot Hospital.

John was born June 21,

1930 at Stanley, North

Dakota, the son of George

and Gertrude (Markel)

Ellis. He was raised and

educated at Stanley and

assisted area farmers dur-

ing his younger years. He

also worked as a heavy

equipment operator for

Mountrail County for 2

years and for Mountrail

Electric Cooperative for 3


John was once married

to Doris Jarmin. He was

employed with

Amerada-Hess (Hess Cor-

poration) as a driller in

the Tioga area for more

than 18 years. He pur-

chased a bar in Garrison

called J & D, which he

sold in 1982. He later pur-

chased the Rustic Inn Res-

taurant in Minot and sold

that business in 1984.

John moved to Wash-

ington in 1984, where he

was employed as a lam-

inate installer in new con-

struction homes until he

retired in 2004 and moved

to Minot. Due to the flood

of 2011, he moved to Up-


John was a member of

the Lutheran Faith. He

was a former member of

the Moose Lodge, Eagles

Aerie and Elks Lodge, all

of Minot. He enjoyed gar-

dening, doing carpentry

work and spending time

with his grandchildren.

John’s loving family in-

cludes: children Linda

Fretland, Tioga, ND; Larry

Ellis, Velva, ND; Marshall

Ellis, Fredricks, CO;

Joanne (Matt) Kerzmann,

Upham; 13 grandchildren;

23 great-grandchildren 2

great-great grandchildren;

siblings, Joyce Aho, Bull-

head City, AZ and Shirley

Ager, Columbia Falls, MT.

John was preceded in

death by: his parents; sis-

ter, Delores; and brothers,

George, Lyle and Eugene;

along with his longtime

girlfriend, Margaret


Memorial service:

Thursday, September 14,

2017 at 11:00 a.m. in New

Hope Lutheran Church,


Interment: Fairview

Cemetery, Stanley, ND.

Visitation: At his re-

quest, there will not be a

reviewal, however friends

may sign a memorial re-

gister book on Wednes-

day, September 13, 2017

from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomasfamily