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Rocky Mountain Obituaries 8-29-11

Gene Ellis, 72, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away August 4, 2011.

He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Lawrence E. and Thelma Pauline (Rupert) Ellis on September 18, 1938. He was raised mostly in Kansas but traveled extensively with his mother and step-father that was in the Navy. When Gene was 17 years old he enlisted in the Air Force where he earned his GED and served his country for 8 years. During that time he applied for and became a sentry dog handler with the 405th Air Police Squadron and was promoted to Airman First Class. He served as security in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base, Malstrom Air force Base in Great Falls, Mont. and Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He spoke often of his time and experiences in the Air Force and was extremely proud of his service, his country and was very patriotic.

After he left the Air Force in 1963 he returned to Colorado where he worked for his father in Loveland, Colo. He first managed the Keeko 88 Cent store. He also helped out at the Ellis Motor and Trailer Sales when needed. In 1966-1969 he was employed at Ellis Western Wear in Loveland, Colo., as manager. He also managed the Wagon Wheel Apartments. In the summers he would work part time at the old Cloverleaf Dog track as a lead-out man and assistant to the photo finish man. He also was involved with the Larimer County Search and Rescue from 1972-1976 and still would tell about serving during the Big Thompson Flood.

He decided to try moving out west and spent time in Downy, Calif., as a security officer for Lockheed and the Flying Tigers and EL Paso, Texas where he was the manager for Florsheim shoes before returning to Colorado and working with his father, Larry, in Ellis Western Wear first in Loveland and then in Ft. Collins, Colo. He worked for Ellis Western Wear for 22 years until 1985. In 1972 he was designated Ft. Collins “Mayor for the Day”.

Gene was married to Jeannie Carr from 1958-1979. In 1983 Gene married Carol Webster and they were devoted to each other until his death.

In 1984 they purchased a 15 acre horse farm east of Berthoud, Colo., and christened it the Lazy Heart E. Gene designed the brand for the Lazy Heart E and registered it with the Colorado Brand Board. Carol trains barrel racing horses and Gene managed the day to day maintenance of the facility. In 1986 he established the Lazy Heart E Tack Shop on the premises of the farm. In the beginning he had about every type of tack from roping supplies and saddles to pleasure and trail equipment. As they became more and more involved with the barrel horse industry Gene decided to specialize in barrel racing equipment only. He also helped Carol produce jackpot barrel races at the facility for 24 years. He enjoyed the people and making new friends and watching the barrel racers perform.

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In 2003 Gene built a mobile tack unit and started hauling the equipment to barrel races in Colorado and Wyoming. He had a very loyal following with the barrel racers. He listened to what they had to say, carried what they wanted and tried to provide them with the best equipment possible for a reasonable price. His tack shop was one of his pride and joys and he always conducted himself with honesty and integrity. It was important to him to display these qualities to his children to instill the same qualities in them.

His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a great father and grandfather. He loved watching his family grow. Birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were important and fun to him. He entertained the grandkids with his antics and in the summer he loved giving them rides behind the 4-wheeler in the special cart he perfected and in the winter on the special sled he built. He loved to put the grand-babies in swings and give them rides on the horse walker. He even had special merry-go-round music for them.

When not spending time with his family Gene’s favorite pastimes were driving his Corvette, browsing flea markets, auctions and garage sales. He said he never knew what he was looking for but he would know when he saw it. Over time he managed to collect a substantial amount of western memorabilia of which he was very proud.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters, Shirley Archuletta and husband Steve of Peyton, Colo., Darci Strang of Empire, Colo., son, Toby Ellis and wife Leigh Ann of Loveland Colo., seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and wife Viviane, and William, and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony; one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister.

Services were held August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

Gene Ellis, 72, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away August 4, 2011.

He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Lawrence E. and Thelma Pauline (Rupert) Ellis on September 18, 1938. He was raised mostly in Kansas but traveled extensively with his mother and step-father that was in the Navy. When Gene was 17 years old he enlisted in the Air Force where he earned his GED and served his country for 8 years. During that time he applied for and became a sentry dog handler with the 405th Air Police Squadron and was promoted to Airman First Class. He served as security in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base, Malstrom Air force Base in Great Falls, Mont. and Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He spoke often of his time and experiences in the Air Force and was extremely proud of his service, his country and was very patriotic.

After he left the Air Force in 1963 he returned to Colorado where he worked for his father in Loveland, Colo. He first managed the Keeko 88 Cent store. He also helped out at the Ellis Motor and Trailer Sales when needed. In 1966-1969 he was employed at Ellis Western Wear in Loveland, Colo., as manager. He also managed the Wagon Wheel Apartments. In the summers he would work part time at the old Cloverleaf Dog track as a lead-out man and assistant to the photo finish man. He also was involved with the Larimer County Search and Rescue from 1972-1976 and still would tell about serving during the Big Thompson Flood.

He decided to try moving out west and spent time in Downy, Calif., as a security officer for Lockheed and the Flying Tigers and EL Paso, Texas where he was the manager for Florsheim shoes before returning to Colorado and working with his father, Larry, in Ellis Western Wear first in Loveland and then in Ft. Collins, Colo. He worked for Ellis Western Wear for 22 years until 1985. In 1972 he was designated Ft. Collins “Mayor for the Day”.

Gene was married to Jeannie Carr from 1958-1979. In 1983 Gene married Carol Webster and they were devoted to each other until his death.

In 1984 they purchased a 15 acre horse farm east of Berthoud, Colo., and christened it the Lazy Heart E. Gene designed the brand for the Lazy Heart E and registered it with the Colorado Brand Board. Carol trains barrel racing horses and Gene managed the day to day maintenance of the facility. In 1986 he established the Lazy Heart E Tack Shop on the premises of the farm. In the beginning he had about every type of tack from roping supplies and saddles to pleasure and trail equipment. As they became more and more involved with the barrel horse industry Gene decided to specialize in barrel racing equipment only. He also helped Carol produce jackpot barrel races at the facility for 24 years. He enjoyed the people and making new friends and watching the barrel racers perform.

In 2003 Gene built a mobile tack unit and started hauling the equipment to barrel races in Colorado and Wyoming. He had a very loyal following with the barrel racers. He listened to what they had to say, carried what they wanted and tried to provide them with the best equipment possible for a reasonable price. His tack shop was one of his pride and joys and he always conducted himself with honesty and integrity. It was important to him to display these qualities to his children to instill the same qualities in them.

His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a great father and grandfather. He loved watching his family grow. Birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were important and fun to him. He entertained the grandkids with his antics and in the summer he loved giving them rides behind the 4-wheeler in the special cart he perfected and in the winter on the special sled he built. He loved to put the grand-babies in swings and give them rides on the horse walker. He even had special merry-go-round music for them.

When not spending time with his family Gene’s favorite pastimes were driving his Corvette, browsing flea markets, auctions and garage sales. He said he never knew what he was looking for but he would know when he saw it. Over time he managed to collect a substantial amount of western memorabilia of which he was very proud.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters, Shirley Archuletta and husband Steve of Peyton, Colo., Darci Strang of Empire, Colo., son, Toby Ellis and wife Leigh Ann of Loveland Colo., seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and wife Viviane, and William, and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony; one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister.

Services were held August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

Gene Ellis, 72, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away August 4, 2011.

He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Lawrence E. and Thelma Pauline (Rupert) Ellis on September 18, 1938. He was raised mostly in Kansas but traveled extensively with his mother and step-father that was in the Navy. When Gene was 17 years old he enlisted in the Air Force where he earned his GED and served his country for 8 years. During that time he applied for and became a sentry dog handler with the 405th Air Police Squadron and was promoted to Airman First Class. He served as security in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base, Malstrom Air force Base in Great Falls, Mont. and Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He spoke often of his time and experiences in the Air Force and was extremely proud of his service, his country and was very patriotic.

After he left the Air Force in 1963 he returned to Colorado where he worked for his father in Loveland, Colo. He first managed the Keeko 88 Cent store. He also helped out at the Ellis Motor and Trailer Sales when needed. In 1966-1969 he was employed at Ellis Western Wear in Loveland, Colo., as manager. He also managed the Wagon Wheel Apartments. In the summers he would work part time at the old Cloverleaf Dog track as a lead-out man and assistant to the photo finish man. He also was involved with the Larimer County Search and Rescue from 1972-1976 and still would tell about serving during the Big Thompson Flood.

He decided to try moving out west and spent time in Downy, Calif., as a security officer for Lockheed and the Flying Tigers and EL Paso, Texas where he was the manager for Florsheim shoes before returning to Colorado and working with his father, Larry, in Ellis Western Wear first in Loveland and then in Ft. Collins, Colo. He worked for Ellis Western Wear for 22 years until 1985. In 1972 he was designated Ft. Collins “Mayor for the Day”.

Gene was married to Jeannie Carr from 1958-1979. In 1983 Gene married Carol Webster and they were devoted to each other until his death.

In 1984 they purchased a 15 acre horse farm east of Berthoud, Colo., and christened it the Lazy Heart E. Gene designed the brand for the Lazy Heart E and registered it with the Colorado Brand Board. Carol trains barrel racing horses and Gene managed the day to day maintenance of the facility. In 1986 he established the Lazy Heart E Tack Shop on the premises of the farm. In the beginning he had about every type of tack from roping supplies and saddles to pleasure and trail equipment. As they became more and more involved with the barrel horse industry Gene decided to specialize in barrel racing equipment only. He also helped Carol produce jackpot barrel races at the facility for 24 years. He enjoyed the people and making new friends and watching the barrel racers perform.

In 2003 Gene built a mobile tack unit and started hauling the equipment to barrel races in Colorado and Wyoming. He had a very loyal following with the barrel racers. He listened to what they had to say, carried what they wanted and tried to provide them with the best equipment possible for a reasonable price. His tack shop was one of his pride and joys and he always conducted himself with honesty and integrity. It was important to him to display these qualities to his children to instill the same qualities in them.

His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a great father and grandfather. He loved watching his family grow. Birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were important and fun to him. He entertained the grandkids with his antics and in the summer he loved giving them rides behind the 4-wheeler in the special cart he perfected and in the winter on the special sled he built. He loved to put the grand-babies in swings and give them rides on the horse walker. He even had special merry-go-round music for them.

When not spending time with his family Gene’s favorite pastimes were driving his Corvette, browsing flea markets, auctions and garage sales. He said he never knew what he was looking for but he would know when he saw it. Over time he managed to collect a substantial amount of western memorabilia of which he was very proud.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters, Shirley Archuletta and husband Steve of Peyton, Colo., Darci Strang of Empire, Colo., son, Toby Ellis and wife Leigh Ann of Loveland Colo., seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and wife Viviane, and William, and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony; one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister.

Services were held August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

Gene Ellis, 72, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away August 4, 2011.

He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Lawrence E. and Thelma Pauline (Rupert) Ellis on September 18, 1938. He was raised mostly in Kansas but traveled extensively with his mother and step-father that was in the Navy. When Gene was 17 years old he enlisted in the Air Force where he earned his GED and served his country for 8 years. During that time he applied for and became a sentry dog handler with the 405th Air Police Squadron and was promoted to Airman First Class. He served as security in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base, Malstrom Air force Base in Great Falls, Mont. and Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He spoke often of his time and experiences in the Air Force and was extremely proud of his service, his country and was very patriotic.

After he left the Air Force in 1963 he returned to Colorado where he worked for his father in Loveland, Colo. He first managed the Keeko 88 Cent store. He also helped out at the Ellis Motor and Trailer Sales when needed. In 1966-1969 he was employed at Ellis Western Wear in Loveland, Colo., as manager. He also managed the Wagon Wheel Apartments. In the summers he would work part time at the old Cloverleaf Dog track as a lead-out man and assistant to the photo finish man. He also was involved with the Larimer County Search and Rescue from 1972-1976 and still would tell about serving during the Big Thompson Flood.

He decided to try moving out west and spent time in Downy, Calif., as a security officer for Lockheed and the Flying Tigers and EL Paso, Texas where he was the manager for Florsheim shoes before returning to Colorado and working with his father, Larry, in Ellis Western Wear first in Loveland and then in Ft. Collins, Colo. He worked for Ellis Western Wear for 22 years until 1985. In 1972 he was designated Ft. Collins “Mayor for the Day”.

Gene was married to Jeannie Carr from 1958-1979. In 1983 Gene married Carol Webster and they were devoted to each other until his death.

In 1984 they purchased a 15 acre horse farm east of Berthoud, Colo., and christened it the Lazy Heart E. Gene designed the brand for the Lazy Heart E and registered it with the Colorado Brand Board. Carol trains barrel racing horses and Gene managed the day to day maintenance of the facility. In 1986 he established the Lazy Heart E Tack Shop on the premises of the farm. In the beginning he had about every type of tack from roping supplies and saddles to pleasure and trail equipment. As they became more and more involved with the barrel horse industry Gene decided to specialize in barrel racing equipment only. He also helped Carol produce jackpot barrel races at the facility for 24 years. He enjoyed the people and making new friends and watching the barrel racers perform.

In 2003 Gene built a mobile tack unit and started hauling the equipment to barrel races in Colorado and Wyoming. He had a very loyal following with the barrel racers. He listened to what they had to say, carried what they wanted and tried to provide them with the best equipment possible for a reasonable price. His tack shop was one of his pride and joys and he always conducted himself with honesty and integrity. It was important to him to display these qualities to his children to instill the same qualities in them.

His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a great father and grandfather. He loved watching his family grow. Birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were important and fun to him. He entertained the grandkids with his antics and in the summer he loved giving them rides behind the 4-wheeler in the special cart he perfected and in the winter on the special sled he built. He loved to put the grand-babies in swings and give them rides on the horse walker. He even had special merry-go-round music for them.

When not spending time with his family Gene’s favorite pastimes were driving his Corvette, browsing flea markets, auctions and garage sales. He said he never knew what he was looking for but he would know when he saw it. Over time he managed to collect a substantial amount of western memorabilia of which he was very proud.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters, Shirley Archuletta and husband Steve of Peyton, Colo., Darci Strang of Empire, Colo., son, Toby Ellis and wife Leigh Ann of Loveland Colo., seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and wife Viviane, and William, and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony; one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister.

Services were held August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.

Gene Ellis, 72, of Berthoud, Colo., passed away August 4, 2011.

He was born in Smith Center, Kansas to Lawrence E. and Thelma Pauline (Rupert) Ellis on September 18, 1938. He was raised mostly in Kansas but traveled extensively with his mother and step-father that was in the Navy. When Gene was 17 years old he enlisted in the Air Force where he earned his GED and served his country for 8 years. During that time he applied for and became a sentry dog handler with the 405th Air Police Squadron and was promoted to Airman First Class. He served as security in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base, Malstrom Air force Base in Great Falls, Mont. and Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, Kan. He spoke often of his time and experiences in the Air Force and was extremely proud of his service, his country and was very patriotic.

After he left the Air Force in 1963 he returned to Colorado where he worked for his father in Loveland, Colo. He first managed the Keeko 88 Cent store. He also helped out at the Ellis Motor and Trailer Sales when needed. In 1966-1969 he was employed at Ellis Western Wear in Loveland, Colo., as manager. He also managed the Wagon Wheel Apartments. In the summers he would work part time at the old Cloverleaf Dog track as a lead-out man and assistant to the photo finish man. He also was involved with the Larimer County Search and Rescue from 1972-1976 and still would tell about serving during the Big Thompson Flood.

He decided to try moving out west and spent time in Downy, Calif., as a security officer for Lockheed and the Flying Tigers and EL Paso, Texas where he was the manager for Florsheim shoes before returning to Colorado and working with his father, Larry, in Ellis Western Wear first in Loveland and then in Ft. Collins, Colo. He worked for Ellis Western Wear for 22 years until 1985. In 1972 he was designated Ft. Collins “Mayor for the Day”.

Gene was married to Jeannie Carr from 1958-1979. In 1983 Gene married Carol Webster and they were devoted to each other until his death.

In 1984 they purchased a 15 acre horse farm east of Berthoud, Colo., and christened it the Lazy Heart E. Gene designed the brand for the Lazy Heart E and registered it with the Colorado Brand Board. Carol trains barrel racing horses and Gene managed the day to day maintenance of the facility. In 1986 he established the Lazy Heart E Tack Shop on the premises of the farm. In the beginning he had about every type of tack from roping supplies and saddles to pleasure and trail equipment. As they became more and more involved with the barrel horse industry Gene decided to specialize in barrel racing equipment only. He also helped Carol produce jackpot barrel races at the facility for 24 years. He enjoyed the people and making new friends and watching the barrel racers perform.

In 2003 Gene built a mobile tack unit and started hauling the equipment to barrel races in Colorado and Wyoming. He had a very loyal following with the barrel racers. He listened to what they had to say, carried what they wanted and tried to provide them with the best equipment possible for a reasonable price. His tack shop was one of his pride and joys and he always conducted himself with honesty and integrity. It was important to him to display these qualities to his children to instill the same qualities in them.

His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was a great father and grandfather. He loved watching his family grow. Birthdays, holidays and family gatherings were important and fun to him. He entertained the grandkids with his antics and in the summer he loved giving them rides behind the 4-wheeler in the special cart he perfected and in the winter on the special sled he built. He loved to put the grand-babies in swings and give them rides on the horse walker. He even had special merry-go-round music for them.

When not spending time with his family Gene’s favorite pastimes were driving his Corvette, browsing flea markets, auctions and garage sales. He said he never knew what he was looking for but he would know when he saw it. Over time he managed to collect a substantial amount of western memorabilia of which he was very proud.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol, daughters, Shirley Archuletta and husband Steve of Peyton, Colo., Darci Strang of Empire, Colo., son, Toby Ellis and wife Leigh Ann of Loveland Colo., seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and wife Viviane, and William, and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony; one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister.

Services were held August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland.

Interment was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud, Colo.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.