Howard Lawrence Ellis, 95, Fargo, ND passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Eventide in Moorhead. He was born October 31, 1919 on the family farm in Brockport New York. He attended Cornell University for two years, then joined the Army Air Corp in 1942 and was discharged in 1945. In 1947, he moved to Grand Forks and attended UND. In 1948 he went to work for Armor & Company in Grand Forks as a sheep buyer. From there he went to St. Paul, MN until 1952. From 1952 to 1954 he was worked in Indianapolis, Chicago and then Billings, MT. He married the late Nancy Russell in Billings on September 25, 1954. In February 1955, they moved to Dickinson, ND where he continued to buy cattle and sheep for Armor & Co. They then moved to the Fargo Moorhead area in 1966 where he was the head cattle buyer for Siouxland Dressed Beef in West Fargo. Following a change in ownership, they moved to Morris, MN and then to Sidney, MT in 1973. In 1980, they moved back to Fargo when he became the head cattle buyer for Held Beef in West Fargo and then Federal Beef when the ownership changed again in 1987. Howard was an avid fisherman and gardener his whole life and was an excellent harmonica player who loved to play country western music. He was a loving husband and father to his family. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy (September 2000), sons Paul (August 1989) and Larry (September 1976) and three sisters (Florence, Esther, Marion) and two brothers (Floyd, Frank). He is survived by his daughter Karen Dunn (Woody) of Jay Florida, sons Douglas of Bangkok, Thailand and Frederick of Gilbert, Arizona; grandchildren, John Ellis Dunn, Jay, Florida; and Paul Howard Douglas Ellis, Perth, Australia. He is also survived by one brother, Robert of Brockport New York, and many nieces and nephews.