Oct. 6, 1922 — May 13, 2017
ALGONA — Ellis Perry Mains joined his Lord and Savior on May 13, 2017, at the age of 94. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at Grace Church, Algona. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Haag-Turner American Legion Post No. 90 and the VFW Post No. 2541.
He was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Menlo, son of Jonathan Henry and Iva Fern (James) Mains. Following high school graduation, Ellis attended auto mechanic school and worked as a mechanic in Guthrie Center. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, and was deployed to Hawaii, Australia, Guadalcanal, Okinawa and other locations. He received an honorable discharge in 1945.
Ellis was married to Evelyn Ruth Crapser on Oct. 15, 1948, at First Baptist Church in Algona. They were married for 52 years and raised seven children. In the 1950’s, Ellis attended sales school and began a career in auto sales, which he enjoyed. Ellis liked meeting new people and could carry on a conversation with anyone who crossed his path. Ellis retired in 1995, but didn’t slow down. He was an active member of First Baptist Church (now Grace Church), serving in many positions including deacon, trustee and building committee chair; Algona Kiwanis Club, serving on the trustee board and as president; the Algona VFW, serving as quartermaster for 16 years and he was designated a lifetime member. Ellis also delivered Meals on Wheels for many years, once again giving him an opportunity to visit with people. In his spare time Ellis enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting and traveling throughout the United States.
Ellis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn in 2001; two sons, Marc and Terry Mains; four brothers, Donald (Marion), Ralph, Wesley, and Edwin (Verledene) Mains; and a very special friend, Juanita Hanson.
He is survived by his daughter Ellen Mains of Algona; four sons, Charles (Deb) Mains of Urbandale, Dennis (Paula) Mains of Algona, Randy Mains of Superior, and Jimmy Mains of Algona; brother, Dale (Lucille) Mains of Algona; daughter-in-law, DeeDee Mains of Algona; sisters-in-law, Bettey Mains and Jo An Mains Boehm; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Fran Britz.
Ellis loved spending time with his family and friends and his death will leave a void in our lives. We will miss him very much.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.