The funeral for Ellis Alberts will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Zion Reformed Church of Amherst, with Pastors Hal Phoenix and Don Flaherty of Ellendale, N.D., and Pastor Glenn Raynor of Hecla officiating. Burial will be in the Britton Cemetery, under the direction of Price Funeral Chapel, Britton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church in Amherst, with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Ellis was called to his Eternal Home on Sunday evening, July 6, 2014, at the age of 98 years.
Ellis Raymond Alberts was born Nov. 13, 1915, on a farm near Amherst to Harmon F. and Johanna F. Alberts. He attended school at Amherst, graduating from Amherst High School in 1934. He was on the basketball team and played trombone in band. After graduation, Ellis remained on the family farm.
On Sept. 27, 1942, Ellis married Aerial June Stevens in Aberdeen. They made their home on a farm they had purchased, northwest of Amherst. Over the next few years, the couple was blessed with three daughters. Ellis loved the Lord, his family and his farm. He felt very blessed to be a farmer. He milked cows and raised cattle, hogs and chickens for many years. He was noted for planting the straightest cornrows in the country! He was also one of the last farmers in the area to check corn.
Ellis is survived by his three daughters: Claudia (Neil) Frey of Britton, Andrea “Ann” (Dennis) Blumhardt of Shorewood, Ill., Debora (Rodney) Satrang of Mitchell; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Doris Alberts of Britton, Violet Alberts of Dell Rapids; and many nieces, nephews and their families. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; four sisters: Clara Eberle, Martha Wieker, Helen Bush and an infant sister; and seven brothers: Henry, Art, Lee, Herman, Joe, Melvin and Robert Alberts.
Condolences may be directed to the family in care of Claudia Frey, 10952 421st Avenue, Britton, SD 58430.
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