James Harvey Ellis was born Aug. 12, 1936 in Minneapolis, the son of Harvey and Rosella (Sheridan) Ellis. He graduated from the University High School in Minneapolis in 1954. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1954 to 1957 as a boiler tender on the Peter Potter Destroyer. Jim spent most of his enlistment overseas, traveling all around the world. After his discharge he attended three years at the Dunwoody Institute, becoming a bricklayer.
Jim and Beverly Greer were married Aug. 24, 1957 in Reno, Nev. After their marriage they lived in St. Anthony Village, then in Lino Lakes before buying their farm by Stanchfield and Jim was doing Mason work. In 1982, they purchased the Graystone Lodge on Otter Tail Lake which they operated until 1994. In 1993, Jim and Bev bought the Old Brick Inn in Battle Lake operating until their retirement in 2000. He also did mason work while owning the businesses and after retirement he and Bev traveled in their motor home. He was a member of the Eagles, VFW, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Shriners of Minneapolis and the Masonic Lodge in Fergus Falls. Jim enjoyed fishing, loved all sports, was a Golden Gloves Boxer and was always a farmer want to be. He really enjoyed going to Bev’s sisters ranch by Kalispell, Montana and helping during branding.
He is survived by his wife, Bev; four children, Cheryl (Donald) Maslow and Art (Denise) Ellis both of Battle Lake, Kathy (Terry) Potrament of Braham and Annette (Tom) Stevens of Battle Lake; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Bekah) Maslow, Angel (Brian) Moen, Abra and Scott Ellis, Jenny (Zach) Nelson, Erin (Jesse) Doberstein, Sara Whaley, Sammy (Swain) Babcock and Mike (Jennifer) Stevens; six great-grandchildren, Emily, Caleb, Allie, Jake, Ian and Olie; three sisters, Lynn (Dennis) Hill of Moose Lake, Patricia (Clark) Marten of Rochester and Susie Kaminski of Minneapolis; and by numerous relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Rosella Ellis; and by two brothers, Warren and Earl Ellis.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, rural Battle Lake. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service. Rev. James Gronbeck will officiate services. Military Honors will be provided by the Minnesota National Guard. Interment will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Cemetery, Battle Lake. Arrangements with Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake.