Vear R. Ellis, 90, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, following surgery.
He was born Sept. 4, 1920, in Blackfoot, the son of Wilson Ellis and Sophronia Wolfley Ellis and the youngest of nine children.
He attended school in Riverside. He lived most of his life in the Riverside area with time served in World War II and a short time in California.
On April 2, 1941, he married Loraine Stander in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Eight children were born to this union. They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
He farmed in the Blackfoot area for most of his life. Before farming he built homes in California and in Riverside. Vear and Loraine also built “The Ellis Market”, later called Scotties Market, in Riverside in the early years of their marriage.
Vear was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings including temple worker, door greeter and high counselor over extraction. Vear gave service to many in the community. He gleaned potatoes from the field each year and delivered to anyone he could think of. He was very talented at building toys for his children and grandchildren and loved to give the toys away. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Loraine of Blackfoot; children, Zeann (Bob) Aguilar of West Valley City, Utah; Peggy (Arben) Andersen of Queen Creek, Ariz.; Ron (Lynne) Ellis of Blackfoot; Lonnie (Sue) Ellis of Yakima, Wash.; Debora (Leonard) Lyman of South Jordan, Utah; Jan (Rod) DeGiulio of Salt Lake City, Utah; Carlie (Brent) Thomas of Kaysville, Utah; and TaRhea (Jeff) North of Herriman, Utah; 34 grandchildren, 45 great-great grandchildren, with one more on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Mae and Chester Grimmett; seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Orvil and Lulu, Glenn and Nettie, Alfred and Survela, Rowsel and Alice, Vaughn and Evalyn, Geroge and Lillian, and Lawrence; and his grandson, Jeffrey Ron Ellis.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2011, at the Riverside 1st Ward LDS Chapel.
The family will meet with friends on Sunday, April 24, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be in the Riverside-Thomas cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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