Thomas "Tom" Ellis, age 56, died on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Manhattan, Kan.
He was born on Oct. 24, 1957, in Onaga, Kan., the son of John and Mary G. (Silvis) Ellis. Tom was the owner of Ellis Construction Services, specializing in finish carpentry.
On May 29, 1982, he was united in marriage to Lana Dillon at the University Christian Church, Manhattan, Kan. This union was blessed with two children: Jordan Chelsey Ellis and Garrett Thomas Ellis.
 Tom was an avid bicyclist, participating in many area rides and the Bike Across Kansas. He was well known for his skilled carpentry that he completed in many Manhattan homes as well as Manhattan High. He did many projects for Thierer Construction over the past 29 years and was asked for personally in much of their work. He was above all a devoted husband and father, encouraging his children to pursue the Arts through the Gold Orchestra in which they all traveled to New York City, Dallas, Washington, Canada and many other places.
 He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: Dick and Charles Ellis.
 Survivors include his wife, Lana of the home; daughter: Jordan Chelsey Ellis of Lincoln, Neb.; son: Garrett Thomas Ellis of Manhattan, Kan.; two sisters: Betty Ellis of Wheaton, Kan., and Rosemary Randel and her husband Steve of Topeka; a brother: Jerome Ellis and his wife Kathy of Manhattan, Kan. He also is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, his breakfast buddies and many friends.
 A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kan.
There will be no public visitation.
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Tom Ellis Memorial Fund in care of the Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at



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