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Delbert Ellis - August 03, 2012


Delbert J. Ellis, 70 years of age from Minden, died on Friday, August 3, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Delbert was born on July 8, 1942, in Byron, Mich., to Orval and Martha (Larsen) Ellis.
The family moved to the Minden area when Delbert was an infant.
He attended school in Minden.
On June 15, 1963, he married Carol Dahlgren in Atlanta. They made their home in the Minden area.
He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1966 until 1969 including a tour in Korea. When Delbert returned from the service, he worked as a land leveler in Holdrege, then farmed for 11 years and then drove a semi-truck until his retirement.
He was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden.
Delbert enjoyed working on cars, dancing, playing cards, morning trips to town for coffee, but mostly he loved being around his family. His children and grandchildren were so important to him.
Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Minden; sons, Maj. Brian Ellis and wife, Wendy, of Leavenworth, Kan., and Tony Ellis and wife, Tammy, of Minden; daughter, Tracy Gibbs and husband, Cary, of Solomon, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Senior Airman Jordan Smith, Samantha Ellis, Brianna Ellis, Brianna Hula, Caelee Gibbs, Pvt. Brandon Gibbs, Logan Gibbs, Melissa Myers and husband, Sgt. Jess Myers, Amanda Melroy, Cheyanne Ellis and Tanner Ellis; mother, Martha Ellis of Minden; brothers, Clifton Ellis and wife, Joyce of Omaha and Dan Ellis and wife, Donna, of Grand Island; sister, Bertha Meyer and husband, Raymond, of Bertrand; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Orval.
Visitation will be at the Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden on Wednesday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 9 at 2 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Don Becker officiating.
A private burial will be Friday at the Minden Cemetery with military honors.
Layton-Craig Funeral Home in Minden is in charge of arrangements.