Ellis Ismay Reay- 81
On March 24, our dad, grandpa, and papa went to rest with those he loved and missed. Ellis was a miracle. He lived a long life that was filled with loved ones and adventures.
Ellis was born on December 12, 1938 to Mary and Ismay Reay. Ellis was one of 9 children. He is survived by his brothers Curtis of Arco and George (Cathi) of Pocatello. Being born and raised in an era of depression and dust bowl dreams made the siblings close and each hard working survivalists.
Ellis met Louise Lish and feel deep. They had five children: Tony Lee, Tammy Lynn, Tona Loraine, Leroy Miles, and Christopher James. Life was simple and full until 1972.
In 1972, Ellis a construction worker, was injured on site. He ended up a paraplegic and would be given no more than 15 years to live life. Obviously, it doesn’t take a mathematician to see that he lived and a lot longer than 15 years. He used his time to raise his kids, raise some animals, and watch his family grow. He never let his limitations stand in his way. He rode his Sherman tanks all over Mackay mine hill, performed mechanics for any who needed it, he collected treasures, and he would give anything he had to anyone who needed it. He was a jokester and prankster, especially to his grandkids and nieces and nephews. He was a climbing toy and his wheelchair provided hours of entertainment for all the little kids.
Ellis has 15 grandkids, 28 and counting great-grandkids, and 6 and counting great, great-grandkids. Ellis leaves behind a legacy of family, giving, and continuity of living life to the fullest and make the best of the life you’ve been given.
Ellis’s five children would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Harrison’s Hope Hospice for their generous and kind assistance. Tammy (Tom) Herman of Eden, Tona (Larry) Miller of Eden, Tony Reay of Twin Falls, Chris (Michelle) Reay of Utah, & Leroy (Tracey) Reay of Nevada are surviving the loss and will continue to live life as their dad taught them to.
A celebration of life will commence upon the warming of the earth so that he may be interned into the old Houston Cemetery, being laid to rest with those who have passed before him.