Christopher Ellis, 46, of Lost Nation, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, at Jackson County Regional Health Center.
Chris was born Aug. 11, 1972, in Bay City, Michigan, to the Rev. Terrance and Sandra Rohn Ellis. He graduated from Northeast High School in Goose Lake. He worked at Jewel Osco and Wareco/CircleK both in Clinton, Walmart in Davenport, and Custom Pak in Clinton and DeWitt. He married Jennifer Starr on Sept. 1, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte.
Chris was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte, where his dad was pastor for nearly 23 years. He was a volunteer for the Charlotte Fire Department, coached the Charlotte Little League baseball team, played drop-in hockey in Davenport, and was an active member and current vice president of the Jackson County ATV club. Chris was an avid sports lover and had an encyclopedic knowledge of sports history. He faithfully followed the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, and the Michigan Wolverines. Chris gave the gift of life through tissue donation.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jen; his mother, Sandra of Lowden; a sister, Bonnie (Les) McCarty of Fairfield; a brother, Terry (Michelle) Ellis of Alexander; mother-in-law, Deb Good; sisters-in-law, Heather (Chad) Niec, Ashley (Sean) Rieter, and Jolene Starr (Jason White); a stepson, Matthias Schroder; two grandchildren, Azlyn Clark-Schroder and Samarah Schroder; several nieces and nephews; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his dad, the Rev. Terrance Ellis; his father-in-law, Ricky Starr; and his grandparents.
Visitation was from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Charlotte. A service of Christian burial was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the church.
Condolences may be expressed, and a photo tribute viewed at schultzfuneralhomes.com.