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Official Obituary of

Ellis Edward Charles

October 12, 1930 ~ March 11, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Ellis Charles Obituary

     Ellis Edward Charles 92, of Emporia, KS, formerly of Metz, MO, passed away on March 11, 2023 at Emporia Place, Emporia, KS.  Ellis was born on October 12, 1930 in Metz, MO, the son of Charles Floyd and Grace Mertie (Saul) Charles.  He married Wilma “Jean” Knight on December 10, 1949 in Nevada, MO and she preceded him in death on March 26, 2014.

     Ellis graduated from Metz High School in 1948 where he starred in basketball earning the nickname “The Jackrabbit” for his jumping ability.  Following high school he attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO where he met his future wife, Wilma “Jean” Knight. Following his two years at SMSU, Ellis enlisted in the United States Air Force serving stateside at Perrin AFB for four years during the Korean War.  After his time of service, the couple moved to the Kansas City area where Ellis worked for W.E. Anderson Inc. (later bought by Dwyer Instruments, Inc) as a foreman until his retirement in 1999.

     Survivors include his two children, Cheri Fletcher (Kevin), Manchester, IA, and Rhonda Jantzen (Jan), Emporia, KS; three grandchildren, Nick Kimminau (Masha), Pittsburgh, PA, Rachel Niemackl-Matthias (Nick), Shawnee, KS, and Jacob Kimminau, Wichita, KS; two great-grandsons, Charles David Kimminau, and Ronan William Niemackl-Matthias; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Jean; his parents; two sisters, Lois Charles and Edith Collins; and a brother, Floyd Charles.

     Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Bill Platt officiating.  Interment will follow in the Balltown Cemetery, Horton, MO.  The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. prior to the service the funeral home.

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March 16, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Ferry Funeral Home Home
Nevada, MO 64772

Funeral Service
March 16, 2023

11:00 AM
Ferry Funeral Home Home
Nevada, MO 64772


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