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The Rev. Harold Ellis, 72 - October 08, 2008


The Rev. Harold L. Ellis, 72, of Phillipsburg, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at his home.
Memorial services were held Oct. 2 at Smith Center Church of the Nazarene in Smith Center. Interment preceded the service at Kirwin Cemetery.
Rev. Ellis was born on Sept. 24, 1936, at Gretna, the son of Arthur and Lucy Fern Gaines Ellis. He attended Kirwin schools and graduated in 1954.
He also attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, CO, and graduated in 1971.
On Oct. 25, 1954, he was united in marriage to Rachel L. Marple at Phillipsburg. He and his wife had served the Farnam Church of the Nazarene.
The Rev. Ellis was ordained in the Nazarene Church and served congregations in Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas. Most recently, his pastorates were at his home church in Kirwin and Palco.
He served as a past officer in the Kiwanis Club and the Lions Club, and a member of the ministerial associations of the various communities he served.
Ellis was also a district church camp director and director of the Teen Bible Quiz teams. He also participated on a work and witness team which traveled to Honduras to construct a church parsonage. He was a member of the Smith Center Church of the Nazarene as well.
Survivors include: his wife, Rachel; three sons—Kenneth (Susan) of Denver, CO, Mike (Tami) of Hutchinson, and Paul (Kim) of Meridian, ID; three daughters—Rhonda (Jim) Joneson and Katherine Ellis, all of Lincoln, and Bonnie (Matt) Daigh of Eudora; a brother, Vincent of San Marcos, CA; two sisters—Vada Unrein of Hutchinson and Connie Bruning of Glade; mother-in-law, Mildred Marple of Phillipsburg; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to Central Christian School, 1910 E. 30th, Hutchinson, the Hospice services or donor’s choice.

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