Obituary: Randal Jay Ellis |

Obituary: Randal Jay Ellis

Randal Jay Ellis

Memorial services will be held for Randal on July 17, 2014, at The Vineyard in Canon City, Colorado, at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Denny Petrillo (his cousin) will officiate. Pastor Rio Evans will also have a part in the service. They both minister for the Church of Christ here in Colorado.

Randal passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2014. He was born April 30, 1952 in Denver, Colorado. He was raised in Frisco and lived in Denver, Golden, Colorado Springs, Penrose, Monte Vista, Canon City and Williamsburg throughout his life. He is survived by his wife, Celeste Graf-Ellis, and his best bud Elvis (a Lhasa Apso) of Williamsburg, mother: Wanda Chamberlain of Canon City, brother: Terry Ellis of Penrose, sisters: Twila (Jerry) Cape of Edmond, Kansas, Mickie Ostemiller of Colorado Springs and Peggy (Ron) Alexander of Salida. He was also survived by his mother-in-law Jean Graf of Salida, sister-in-law Sara Graf of Mesa, Arizona, and brother-in-law Karl (Margaret Marccuci) Graf of Elko, Nevada.

Those passing before Randal were his dad Clayton Ellis, sister Susan Ellis, brother Verne Ellis and stepfather Charles Chamberlain. He will also be missed by several other relatives and a great many friends from all over Colorado and the United States.

Randal was an avid Broncos and Elvis Presley fan. He played seven different instruments throughout his life at one time or another and enjoyed doing Karaoke. The acoustic guitar was his most cherished instrument.

Randal worked as a licensed electrician at times and worked various positions in the restaurant industry. He also owned his own janitorial business and worked professionally in that field over the years.

After attending The Walk to Emmaus weekend he remained an active member of the Emmaus of the Rockies Community and enjoyed serving on the team that spends time preparing for and spending weekends journeying with the new pilgrims attending the program. His real goal was to serve in the conference room. He missed that call by only four days.

Randal will be missed by so many that enjoyed his presence in their lives. He was able to lift the spirits of individuals who were having a difficult day with his jokes and the many antics he had hidden in his pocket. He was a real jokester.

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