In memory of
Robert Ellis Des Moines Robert Lee Ellis (Dad, Grandpa, Husband and Friend) of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on October 12, 2016 at the young age of 84. Visitation will be held from 4-6pm, Sunday, October 16 at Iles Westover Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 3pm, Monday, October 17 at the funeral home. Interment will be at 9:30 am, Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Robert or Bob as most people called him was born in Des Moines, IA on December 16, 1931 to Ernest and Hazel Ellis. Bob lived most of his life in the Des Moines area, graduating from Des Moines Technical High School in 1950. He worked for the Des Moines Register and Tribune upon graduation. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving in Pensacola Florida and on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph at Norfolk, Virginia, making cruises to Cuba, Haiti and the Mediterranean. Upon discharge in 1955 Bob returned to the Register retiring in 1993. After retirement he spent the next 23 years working at the Waukee Hardware doing what he loved most - fixing things and meeting people. In September of 2014 Bob was one of 385 Korean War Veterans to go on the Honor Flight to D.C. He was honored to have the opportunity and enjoyed every minute of the trip. Bob was a member of Union Park Presbyterian Church, Waukee Lions Club, lifetime member of VFW, charter member of Waukee American Legion and member of Westminster Small Antique Club. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ann and his parents, Ernest and Hazel. He is survived by son, Wayne (Lisa) and children Shawn, Nigel, Nicole and Michael; son, Harold (Linda) and daughter, Gayle (Corrie) Feldotto and children Brett, Cayden and Cooper; sister, Wilma Shaw of Bellevue, NE and companion, Eleanor Hawkins. In lieu of flowers, Bob requested memorial contributions be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Lions Club or Union Park Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank the staff at Methodist Hospital (Younkers) and Taylor Hospice House for taking great care of our Dad, Grandpa and Companion during his final days.
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