Charles Ellis
December 15, 1961 - July 6, 2021

Charles Ellis

Charles Ellis
Dec 15, 1961 - Jul 6, 2021

Charles Ellis
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Charles Duane Ellis, 60, of Nevada passed away in the comfort of his home on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. A funeral will be held on Sunday, July 11 at 2 pm with visitation one hour prior at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 610 15th St. Ames, IA. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Charles was born December 15, 1961, to Charley and Evelyn (Sprague) Ellis, in Trenton, Missouri. On June 11, 1988, he was united in marriage to Kris Latuska at Saint Paul Lutheran. Charles worked as a truck driver for many years.

He loved his family, especially kidding with his nieces and fishing with his nephews. Charles spent his time listening and singing to many genres of music. Many Saturday nights were spent at Boone Speedway following in the footsteps of his father. Dirt track racing was in his blood and he carried the family number on the car, #43. Charles' most recent hobby was feeding and photographing hummingbirds.

Left to cherish Charles' memory is his wife, Kris of 33 years; father, Charley (Vickie); brothers, Wendell (Tammy), Chris (Julie) and Danny; Charley's friend, Vickie; Kris' parents, Al and Tanny Latuska; brother-in-law, Ken Latuska (Sandy); Becky Jackson, Cheryl Ellis and Tara Wallace; the newest addition, "Cooper", a 1.5-year-old beagle rescue; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and countless friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn; brothers, Jeff and Nyno; and just recently, "Peanut" their 15-year-old jack russell terrier.

Online condolences may be directed to

Jeanne Moore on Jul 14, 2021

Kris, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Charles. He was always so very kind and caring for all others. He exemplified this strong Christian faith. My deepest condolences.

Heather Clapp on Jul 14, 2021

My sympathies for the loss of Charles. Always in my prayers.

Denise (Anderson) Bernal on Jul 12, 2021

When someone you love becomes a memory,
The memory becomes a treasure...
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Fred or Kay Lande on Jul 9, 2021

Sorry for your loss Kris and family. Grief never ends...but it changes. It's a passage, not at place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It's is the price of LOVE. Fred and Kay Lande and Family.

billie strickler on Jul 9, 2021

very sorry to hear about Charles. Your family will be in my prayers!

Lori Jenks on Jul 8, 2021

Charles was a man of faith who let his light shine. His faith in Jesus was known by many. He now is in his eternal home of heaven. I am glad to have known him.

Clanice Waters on Jul 8, 2021

Eternal rest grant unto Charles, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him. Charles will be missed.

Amy Brause on Jul 8, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Chris.



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St. Paul Lutheran Church
610 15th Street
Ames, Iowa 50010
2:00 PM

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