Keith & Keith Funeral Home

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Stephen Hopkins Ellis

March 20, 1939October 2, 2019
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Stephen Hopkins Ellis was born on March 20, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana and passed away on October 2, 2019 in Spokane, Washington.


  • Christian Grieb
  • David Champoux
  • Samuel Ellis
  • Joshua Varness
  • Parker Groop
  • Stephen Ellis


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Stephen Hopkins Ellis

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Stephen Ellis

October 9, 2019

Well, I needed some time to figure out what to say on here. Dad is gone. We buried him today. Anyone who has lost a parent who they love, knows what a loss it is. But, I can take refuge in the many things that I cherish in my life today, that were taught to me by my Dad. They include:

1. Faith. While I'm not an openly faithful guy, I learned about faith from my Dad. Faith was his number one priority. Above anything else. He prepared his entire life for this day when he would no longer be here. He taught me about religion, and God and the importance of having some faith in my life. I'm wondering how, or if, I would have experienced that without a Dad to show me how that looks and what that feels like. Thank you Dad.
2. Love. He taught me about love. Love unconditionally. That is, even when someone disappoints you, or doesn't live up to your expectations on something, you still love them. He loved all his kids unconditionally. Thank you Dad. We all loved you.
3. Family. Dad's highest priority was his family. He enjoyed being around his family. He enjoyed holiday's where everyone would get together and celebrate. Thank you Dad. You and Mom always made us feel welcomed and loved.
4. Many of the day to day things I enjoy now, were things that my Dad shared with me as a boy. Golf, Guitar, Fishing and a healthy sense of humor..... Thanks Dad. I'm glad I have all those things to enjoy life with, and you gave them to me. Thank you.

The list could go on and on....

Many thanks to everyone who participated in Dad's services. As a family, we appreciate it a lot.

Many thanks to a my siblings as we went through this process. Together we found strength and support with the collective group of us...and it made the process much easier to handle.

Many thanks to my wife for her support as I was gone on weekends visiting my Dad during his illness.

I love you Dad, and keep an eye out for us up there.....


Annette Joyce

October 6, 2019

Dear Dad,
Thank you for loving me and taking care of me. I am blessed because of you. I will miss you terribly until we meet again. You said 'I love you very much' and I said 'I love you more.' I will be forever sorry that you had to suffer so much and I wish there would have been more that the doctors could have done. You slipped away from us so quickly. You are my hero today and always.
I love you, your daughter Annette

Brenda Winkenwerder

October 5, 2019

Dad -you wanted to stay with us but it was time to go, we loved you so much! You are such a wonderful father husband, brother, mentor, rock. You were our peacemaker when we didn't get along, you were our secret holder when we didn't want anyone else to know anything. You had a hard life growing up as an orphan on the streets of Washington DC, feeding yourself working and finally making it to the army where you worked so hard to make yourself who you are, even by putting yourself through Seattle University to get a business degree while having 6 kids. You are everything to our mom, married 60 years to your baby darling. I will miss your singing, your laughter, your dancing. Thank you for being there for me and my son!I will still be able to talk to you during the ups and downs and that gives me peace. Glad you are no longer in pain, rest in peace.

Laura Champoux

October 5, 2019

I will love you forever dad 💙
And I will miss you every second of every day.