one hour prior to the service in the church on Wednesday
10:30 AM Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Faith Lutheran Church in Wolverton, MN
Salem Cemetery in Wolverton, MN
Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo
Gordon passed away on May 14, 2011 at Sanford Health Palliative Care in Fargo at the age of 85.
Gordon H. Ellis was born on June 13, 1925, in Fargo. As a son of Harry and Minnie (Brennan) Ellis he shared the Wolverton, MN family home with six brothers and sisters.
Gordon entered the Marine Corps in 1944 serving in the Solomon Islands, on Okinawa and in China. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action May 16, 1945.
Gordon married the love of his life, best friend, teammate and partner, Cecile Carlson on June 30, 1949 in Wolverton, MN. They made their home in Grand Forks, ND and later in Bismarck, ND and Boulder, CO.
Gordon began his college experience while also working as a telegrapher and relay agent for the Great Northern Railway in Willmar, MN, Williston, ND and Grand Forks, ND. He earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of North Dakota, his Doctorate from the University of Colorado.
Gordon had a lifelong passion for learning and education. He began his career in education as a teacher and administrator with the Grand Forks schools, later as the Director of Elementary Education for the State of North Dakota and, until his retirement, an administrator and school analyst for the Boulder, CO school district.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cecile Ellis; his daughter, Katherine (Steve) Linstrom of Lafayette, Co; his son, Kent (Jacquie) Ellis of Bismarck, ND; his four grandchildren – Ryan (Lindsey) Harris of Golden, CO; Kate Harris of Denver, CO; Scott Ellis of Minot, ND; Hayley Ellis of Bismarck, ND; and one great granddaughter, Kaiya Harris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Ste. 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 or to the charity of donor’s choice.