Blake Ellis, 36


Blake Michael Edward Ellis, 36, of Nokomis, died on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at 12:21 a.m. at Hillsboro Area Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Stiehl-Dawson Funeral Home in Nokomis. Per CDC guidelines, ten people or less will be allowed in at one time. Social distancing will be followed and masks will be required.

Mr. Ellis was born Aug. 15, 1984, the son of Jeffrey and Tammara (Dunbar) Howell and the late Edward Ellis, Jr.

He graduated from Nokomis High School with the class of 2002 and the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He was a proud member of I.U.E.C. Local 55 as an elevator mechanic for Thyssenkrapp.

Growing up, Mr. Ellis developed a love of waterfowl hunting from his dad and continued his passion into adulthood. He could be found most mornings, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, at Carlyle Lake throughout all waterfowl seasons.

He had an Amazon Prime and PBR addiction, and proudly sponsored the Shaft Shakers women’s bowling team. In his free time, he enjoyed sharing memes and trolling on the internet, where he spent many days in Facebook jail. Perhaps the only thing greater than his love for hunting was his heart for helping and giving to others. He had the biggest heart, gave the best bear hugs and never knew a stranger.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his parents; siblings, Callie (Ron) Henry of Nokomis, Valen (Leyla) Howell of Fort Bragg, NC, and Kenzie (Ben) Cunningham of Carrollton, TX; girlfriend, Tara Brown and children of Nokomis; grandparents, Helen Ellis of Azle, TX, Ronald and Nora Howell of Carthage, and Kenneth and Kathleen Dunbar of Chillicothe; nieces and nephews, Chloe, Emma, Jeffrey, Grayson, Scarlett and Logan; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father; uncles, Allen Whitson and Gerald Howell; and cousins, Drew Bannister and Jacob Garner.

Memorials may be directed to the Carlyle Lake Waterfowlers Association.

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