Plainview Chapel
57 3rd Street SW
Plainview, MN 55964
507-534-2003
Eyota Chapel
115 South Ave.
Eyota, MN 55934
507-545-2020
Obituaries 2019
Mervin Calvert Ellis passed away November 24, 2020.
Mervin was known as Mort in his hometown of Eyota. He was born October 3,
1927 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Francis and Luella Ellis. He was the third child in
the family with two older sisters, Frances and Maxine. They soon moved to
Viola where the family farmed and a fourth child Myron was born in 1930.
His mother, Luella passed in 1944 and Mort enlisted in the Navy and served
f
rom 1945-1948.
When he returned home, he worked odd jobs.
Helping farmers and seasonal jobs.
In 1954 he married Gretchen Marie Ellis July 30 at the Little Brown Church in
the vale in Iowa and made their home in Eyota. The couple had 3 children.
Mort drove milk truck, and school bus.  Bus driving was his most memorable
job. He loved sports and driving the teams to the game locations. He stayed in
touch with many of the students through their adult lives. He continued to
follow high school sports with his children. Occasionally, he would bend the ear
of a coach or referee.
He and his wife continued thought the summer following ballgames of their
children.
Mervin worked at Crenlo for nine years and finished his working years doing
railroad maintenance. He continued following high school sports and even
travelling to Wisconsin to support grandsons playing hockey. In his free time,
he enjoyed gardening and yardwork. In his final months since he no longer
was driving, he used his Cub Cadet riding mower to visit the Country Cafe
where he was treated like family by his "girls" Amanda and Bry. He was always
greeted by his granddaughter Gina when he went home. He will be missed by
many.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gretchen in 12/2018. He leaves behind
his children; Linda Cure of Eyota, Jeff (Carrie) of Byron, Tom (Terry) of
Rochester. Seven grandchildren, Justin and Shane Cure, Westin Ellis and
Danna, Alex, Mya and Adrian Willery and three great-grandchildren; Landon,
Anna and Cooper Cure.
A private burial will be held Saturday December 5, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Viola,
with military graveside rites conducted by the Eyota Legion.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Eyota is assisting the family with
arrangements.