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Larry Francis Ellis

May 29, 1933 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 88)


Larry Ellis, our loving husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away on October 18th, 2021 at the age of 88. Larry’s family was blessed to be with him as he passed away peacefully in his home.

Larry was born May 29,1933  to his parents Corvin and Garaldene Ellis in Norwalk, Iowa, where he grew up as their firstborn son.  He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1951 and honorably served in the Army from 1953-1955. 

 Larry married his high school sweetheart, Daylene Swanson, the “love of his life”, on November 8th, 1953, in Norwalk, Iowa and they were blessed to enjoy 68 years of marriage together. 

Larry followed in his father’s footsteps with the same love for farming and he enjoyed this successful career for 43 years, retiring in 1998. During this time, he was especially proud to once be named Norwalk’s “Farmer of the Year.” 

He is now in heaven reunited with his parents, his infant daughter, La Rae, his two sisters Karen Haines and Mary Lou Enos, along with many other loved ones that have gone before him.

Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Daylene and Larry’s legacy will live on through their three children, Kelly (Tammy) Ellis, Kim Ginkens, and Kayla (Paul) Swift. He was also blessed with five surviving grandchildren: Merrille (Chris) Rallo, John (Courtney) Ellis, Logan (Risa) Ginkens, Jolyssa (Garett) Sterner, and Danielle Swift, as well as seven beautiful great grandchildren. 

He will also be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters, Duane Ellis, Donna Sue Fite, Charlotte (Steve) Schultz, and Deb Snider.

Larry loved life, had a warm heart and never knew a stranger.  His outgoing personality just naturally drew people to him and he added new friends to his life wherever he went.  Everyone enjoyed his quick wit and endless teasing.  We will never forget his smiles, his hugs, and his beautiful blue eyes.  He loved to be silly and was always told he was the “life of the party!”  He just loved to make people laugh! 

After retiring, he and Daylene were able to enjoy spending many winters in Pharr, Texas, collecting even more lifelong friends. He loved to do woodworking and tinkering around in his shop as well as working out in the yard. He loved to spend time with friends on the golf course and remained very faithful with his attendance at the McDonald’s Liar’s Club.  He was also a committed member of the Norwalk Christian Church and the American Legion. Larry was always up for a game of cards, Rummikub or Jokerboard with family and friends. He just plain loved people and they loved him, as was evident by the number of cars driving by honking and waving at him for his Surprise 87th birthday. Another big highlight of his life was when he got the opportunity to be part of an amazing Honor Flight to Washington D.C. as a Korean War Veteran.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life service at the Wright Place, 340 Wright Road, Unit A in Norwalk, Iowa on Sunday, November 21st.  The program/service will begin at 2:00 and we hope some will be ready and willing to share a memory about Dad and stay afterwards to enjoy a light late lunch/snack/sweets in honor of a man that loved to eat!

In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate any monetary contributions to go to either the Norwalk Christian Church or the Pink Tractor Foundation.


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