Roger J. Ellis, 87
Blue Earth — Roger James Ellis, age 87, of Blue Earth, died July 29, 2010, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, in Blue Earth.
Funeral Services were held Aug. 2, 2010, at Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Blue Earth. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. The Rev. Arthur Keith officiated.
Roger James Ellis was born on June 24, 1923, the son of James and Eva (Hicks) Ellis. He was raised and educated in Sterling Township and Mapleton. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work relief program, and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II with the 603rd Air Engineering Squadron in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.
Roger came to Blue Earth in 1947 and worked for several businesses before becoming a patrolman with the Blue Earth Police Department in 1951. He later became the assistant police chief and served the city of Blue Earth for over 30 years as a peace officer and through volunteer work.
He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church (currently Hope United Methodist church), Masonic Lodge 57, Eastern Star Urania Chapter 89 of Mapleton and Chapter 104 of Blue Earth, VFW 4508, and the American Legion Post 89.
In 1949 he married Marguerite Janice Dray and they were blessed with seven children, five girls and two boys.
Roger is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Kayla (Jerry) Kuhlman, of Bloomington, John (Ruthanne) Ellis, of Armstrong, Iowa, Kathleen (Tim) Peterson, of Fairmont, Colleen (Richard Jerome, Jr.) Boran, of Forest City, Iowa, Susan Ellis (fiancee Ray Milligan), of St. Paul, Robert (Michelle) Ellis, of Wyoming, and Christine (Michael) Manno, of Chanhassen. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; step-father James Griffin; brothers, Gordon, Roderick, and Robert John (his twin); sisters, Vera McIntyre and Janet Adelia Lemke; and great-granddaughter, Kylie Thoren.
He will be deeply missed by his immediate and extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace.
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