Darwin Ellis

Darwin Ellis, 92, of Postville died Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society in Postville. Private family services will be held a later date.

Darwin Gene, the son of Clifford “Kip” and Dorothy (Schlitter) Ellis, was born February 21, 1928 in Postville. He was baptized April 12, 1936 at the United Brethren Church and confirmed November 29, 1953 at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Darwin attended Postville Schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in January of 1946 and served until December of 1948.

October 15, 1950, Darwin was united in marriage with Marilyn Backhaus of Postville at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Their marriage lasted 69 years. Darwin and Marilyn worked for Marilyn’s parents’ family farm until 1961, they then moved to Postville to start an appliance and electrical service business.

After his graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Darwin joined the Postville Police Department. He served as the Chief of Police in Postville from 1972 until his retirement January 1, 1992. After his retirement, Darwin served as the Postville Zoning Administrator and he drove bus for the Postville Community Schools.

Darwin was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was a 25-year member of the Postville Fire Department and a 39-year member of the Postville American Legion Post #0518. He enjoyed flower gardening, feeding his birds, going for walks with his cat, and mowing lawns. Darwin especially loved his 1990 Ford pick-up.

Surviving Darwin are his son, Randall (Jan) Ellis of Castalia; his grandson, Jesse (Jennifer) Reinhardt of Cedar Falls; his granddaughters, Jennifer Ellis of Burnsville, MN and Sara (Joe) Rogalla of Lino Lakes, MN; a great-grandson, Jace Temple Reinhardt; a great-granddaughter, Nora Jean Reinhardt of Cedar Falls; a sister-in-law, Loretta Backhaus of Sherwood, AR; and nieces and nephews.

Darwin was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; an infant son, Dennis Lee Ellis; his daughter, Darla Jean Reinhardt; his parents, Kip and Dorothy; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyle and Doris Ellis and Gary and Diane Ellis; and a nephew, Mark Ellis.
Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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