Roger Ellis

Roger Ellis

Roger Ellis


Roger Ellis, 68, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, at his home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov.19, at Goettsch Funeral Home, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. Pastor Holly Knouse will officiate at the services.

Surviving is his wife, Deb; three children, Angela (Eric Morser) Ellis, Brett Ellis and Shannon (Adam Froeber) Ellis; a grandson, Nicholas Morser; his siblings, Carolyn (Dennis) Densmore and Robert (Beverli) Ellis; and a brother-in-law, Marty (Rondi) Pogeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law, Alicia.

Roger James Ellis was born Aug. 16, 1954, at Fort Dodge, Iowa. He was the son of Lawrence and Joyce Eshbaugh Ellis. Roger graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1972. He continued his education at Iowa State University, graduating in 1976 with a degree in food technology. Roger married Debra Pogeler on Jan. 18, 1975, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Manson, Iowa. Roger’s first job was with Kraft Foods in Melrose, Minn. In 1983 they moved to Monticello, and Roger was the plant manager and quality control engineer at the Swiss Valley cheese plant in Hopkinton. In 2010 they moved to New London, Wisconsin, where Roger was a quality control engineer for Saputo Cheese. In retirement, the couple returned to Monticello in 2018.

Roger enjoyed playing pickleball, playing golf, woodworking and fishing trips to Canada. He had been involved with the Little Panther Wrestling Club and worked the tables at the Iowa High School Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines.

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