Charles J. Ellis, Jr., April 25, 1920 - October 16, 2012

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Charles Joseph “Pud” Ellis, 92, of Chippewa Falls, went to be with his Lord, Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Wissota Health “Reflections” surrounded with the love of his wife and family.

Charles was born April 25, 1920 in Bloomer, WI to Charles J. and Maude (Chase) Ellis. He married Ida Elizabeth McClary from Waynesvile, MO on July 20, 1945. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this year.

Charles served with the U.S. Army for 4 years during World War II achieving a rank of Tec 5. He was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, MO and Fort Sill, OK. He was also stationed in Hawaii on his way to New Guinea. After returning from the Pacific, he served at Mayo General Hospital in Galesburg, IL.

After his discharge, he and his wife lived in Midlothian, IL where he worked for National Food Groceries. They, then, moved to Wisconsin where he worked at the Eau Claire Farmer Store for 25 years. He was then employed at Randall Foods, retiring in 1985.

Charles accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 35 years old. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church for over 50 years. He served faithfully as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and Superintendent. Charles was presently a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church. He was always eager to share the gospel with others. Charles also enjoyed gardening, the Green Bay Packers, Badgers and running in the Buckshot run. Charles ran his last race at age 83.

Survivors include his wife, Ida; two sons, Gary (Nancy) Ellis, Joel (Rita) Ellis; two daughters, Linda (Jay) Daniel, Sheri (Jeff) Henneman; nine grandchildren, Richard (Kirsten) Ellis, Wendy (Brett) MacArthur, Krista Michael, Jeremy (Jennifer) Michael, Erin Ellis, Kyle Henneman, Kara Henneman, John (Jennifer) Wisocky and Jennifer Ford; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Loren “Tin” Ellis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Perry Ellis and Melvin Ellis.

The family would like to extend a special thank you for the wonderful care Charles received from the staff of Mayo Clinic Health System Home Care and Hospice as well as the loving staff from the Reflections Unit from Wissota Health.

Services for Charles will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 25 at Grace Baptist Church, 11591 17th Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 with Pastors George Cable and John Schopf officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24 at Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI, 54701 and on Thursday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will immediately follow the service in Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire with military honors being rendered by American Legion Post #53.

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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Joel Roesch October 24, 2012

    I worked with "Charlie" in the early 70s at the new Randall's. I was going to college at the time and Charlie was my supervisor. What a great guy! Always positive and fun to work for. I always gave my best effort because I did not want to disappoint Charlie.

  2. sue seeley October 23, 2012

    Visits to see Charles were always special. As was his family. Glad I got to see Ida for a visit just a bit ago. See you all in hevan. SES

  3. Deb Blanchard October 22, 2012

    I have fond memories of "Charlie" as we used to call him when I was a college student working at Randall's in the late 70's, early 80's. He was the front end manager and we college kids loved him. He was such a nice man to work with/for. At the end of a long evening, as we were walking out the door, he would say "Let's blow this pop stand!" Just seeing his picture in the paper brought back a lot of fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  4. Susan Plunkitt October 21, 2012

    Wow! What a great guy! Your father did a lot in his life, but I was most impressed by the fact that he must have shown kindness and mercy to many through sharing his faith. Praise God for men like this! You will meet him again in heaven and that must be most comforting to you at this time of his home-going. Sorry for your loss, but praising God for what is to come! Miss you, Linda. Susie

  5. Dennis and Laura Toya October 17, 2012

    Dear Ellis Family, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to each and every family member. I have many fond memories of Chuck and I just know he is now in "God's Hands" in heaven, feeling whole again, with a smile on his handsome face. God Bless!
    Love, Dennis & Laura Toya

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