Gene P. Ellis
September 18, 1938—August 4, 2011
Gene Ellis went to the arms of
his Lord August 4, 2011
He is survived by his loving wife Carol; daughters Shirley Archuletta and her husband Steve of Peyton, CO; Darci Strang of Empire, CO; son, Toby Ellis and his wife Leigh Ann of Loveland CO; seven grandchildren: Kristina, Amanda, Carly, Kelsey, Madison, Nathan and his wife Viviane, and William; and two great grandchildren: Jadon and Anthony. Gene is also survived by one brother Terry Ellis and wife Roxie of Loveland, CO, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Crossroads Church in Loveland. Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m., Monday at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. Interment will take place in Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud. There will be a reception to follow at the Lazy Heart E Indoor Arena.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Mile Hi Barrel Horse Assn in care of Kibby-Fishburn.
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Carol, Gene's memorial service was as inspirational as it was beautiful. I am truly blessed to have known him. Men like him are few and far between. Of course you being his wife probably had something to do with that too ;). I really enjoyed the pictures, especially the ones where he had curly hair! Thank you for sharing the memories. God's love and support to you and your family.
-- Michelle Rickey Sweeney
Carol, I will always remember Gene on his ol' tractor ripping dirt for us addicted barrel racers! Every wednesday for years and years!!! Clinics, play days, races, rodeos, you name it! Gene was always there to support you and all the ladies he loved to watch compete. His kindness at every race was always appreciated and he will NEVER be forgotten. Prayers for your family and dealing with this tragic loss!
-- Hannah Montey
I just wanted to say from our hearts!! WELL THIS SUCKS, .....JUST ....., SOOO BLESSED TO KNOW YOU AND THE FAMILY!! We can not say enough what you mean to our lives! Just was talking to Gene about Jamie who did your fencing. And Gene had stories about all the old steal that he made work.. Just was great. Well we used him too!! Then we talked about old times just B and I at the barrel race. How funny when we left he ask if we needed rubber bands. We missed driving down your drive way! Soooo many memories!! Lots to talk about and cherish. Carol, you guys helped make us what we are today! Very blessed to have you! Gene is one happy angel on all of our backs!!! ;) Thank You for you & Gene.
-- Lorrie Fellows
Oh Carol, I do not even have a clue what to say. I feel so terrible for you and I am so sorry for you losing that wonderful man. I am sure it is no small comfort to know he is with God, even though you no longer have him at your side. I will bet there will not be a day that you do not see Gene in all of his familiar spaces, in the barn, in the yard, haying the horses, gathering tack and hearing his quiet voice giving inspiration to you. He will always be in your heart and mind. If you decide you need to get away please please come stay with me anytime. Even if it is a year from now I will always have room for you. Gene was a wonderful man and always made me feel so welcome at the tack shop. He had this special gift of making me feel that he was genuinely glad to see me and I bet he made so many others feel the same way. So many people came to the tack shop because he made us feel so special, not because we needed tack, but because we needed the one thing Gene could give and that was a sense of wholeness and accomplishment. Carol we will all miss that wonderful husband of yours.
I will keep you in my prayers and God will keep you in the palm of his hand.
Today as I was standing in the garage, Justin was frantically searching through some of his "leather stuff", he then brought me a small fairly tattered belt. He told me that this was a belt his mom had purchased from Gene at Ellis Western Wear so that Justin could wear it to show his steer at the fair, Kay made it very clear to Justin that this belt was only to be worn "for good". He told me that his mom probably should not have been spending money on that belt, and he was pretty sure that Gene probably "gave her a deal". It certainly is no where close to fitting around either of our waists, it actually fit around the top of Bub's lid! We determined that this belt must be around 30 years old.
It now has a special place in our buckle case.