Van Edward Ellis, Jr.

November 7, 1935 - October 19, 2020

Van Edward Ellis, Jr., 84, of Nederland, died October 19, 2020, at Christus Southeast Texas – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He. Was born November 7, 1935, in Port Arthur, to Esther Frances Elmer Ellis and Van Edward Ellis, Sr.

Van was a United States Army veteran and was retired after over thirty years of service in law enforcement. He was a 1953 graduate of Bishop Byrne High School and attended Port Arthur College. He taught Hunter’s Education and loved to hunt and fish. Van was known for having the gift of gab; he never met a stranger and was known for his witty sense of humor. He always wanted everyone to have a smile on their face. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Lena Ellis; son, Jacob Ellis and wife, Jennifer, all of Nederland; grandchildren, Cameron and Kiera Ellis; sister, Pat Holmes, of Port Arthur; niece, Vanessa Broussard, of Beaumont; and nephew, Cody Holmes.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Van Ellis; and son, Jason Ellis.

A gathering of Mr. Ellis’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with a Rosary recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24, 2020, at Broussard’s, with his interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves.

Memorial contributions may be made to the 100 Club of Southeast Texas, P.O. Box 3405, Beaumont, Texas 77704.

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Greenlawn Memorial Park - Groves

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Funeral Service

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  • 10/24/2020
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Gathering of Family and Friends

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Pat Holmes

To my only brother.. so many late nights we shared talking on the phone sharing memories of our childhood and learning stories we had not heard before. I will miss those talks and laughs but have the memories to hold on to until we meet again. Give Daddy, Momma and Jason a hug for me. What a reunion that must have been. You will always be alive in my heart... I love you - Sis ❤️

Robert Whittaker

A friend with a smile & quick wit always. God Bless the family. Until we meet again. Robert

Mike Calais

Great guy to talk to, always with A smile..God Bless this Family.. Mike and Arlene Calais. ( RIP. Van..)

Tim and Karen Hanley

We loved brother Van very much. Enjoy hearing him sing good ol gospel music. We are praying for the family.

Jerry and MaryAnn Licatino

We just learned of Van’s death and our hearts are breaking. We spent plenty of good times with Van and Lena, we will always have fond memories. We love and pray for the family. RIP our sweet friend.

Jimmie Nixdorf

I had the honor of working with Van at the Port Arthur Police Department for a few years before he retired. He was always a great person to work with, and we exchanged many jokes during that time. While I'm saddened by his passing, I'm also thankful to have had him as a friend and coworker. He was a great guy, and will be missed. Keeping his family in thoughts and prayers. RIP, Van. Godspeed!

Gwen Haggard

Jacob, I hate that I missed this brother i hope your doing ok.