Cover photo for Joe Lee Ellard's Obituary
Joe Lee Ellard Profile Photo
1950 Joe 2021

Joe Lee Ellard

June 8, 1950 — December 17, 2021

Joe Ellard,71, of Missoula passed away on December 17, 2021, at home. Born on June 8, 1950, he lived and worked in Missoula and is the son of Thomas and Virginia Ellard.

Joe attended Franklin Grade School (K-8). His favorite subject was math, but he was also active in sports. He was the quarterback on the varsity football team and played on the Bulldog’s Basketball team.

Throughout his grade school years Joe was also active in all phases of the Boy Scouts. He loved the retreats on Melita Island and attended often with his father who was Cub Master.

Following graduation from Sentinel High School, he enrolled and graduated from a two-year program for auto mechanics in Billings, Montana.

Joe worked at Intermountain Lumber from 1973 until it closed in 1990. After the mill he became an assistant baker for the locally owned Super Save Grocery Store on south 3rd street. He finished his working career as a member of the Laborer’s Local 1334.

Joe was a lifelong Lady Griz fan and never missed a game! He enjoyed treating family and friends to join him, especially his nephew Vern. Joe’s love of sports spilled over to cheering on the neighborhood kids.

He was an active member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Covenant Lodge #6. He enjoyed not only the fellowship but the work they did for non-profits. The Special Olympic program was one of his favorite charities. The Odd Fellows provided hats, stuffed animals, drinks, and candy. He was a member of their bowling team for many years. In 1986 they took 1st place in State and he and his brother-in-law Bryan took 1st place in doubles.

Although he was very independent and stubborn, his kind heart prevailed by putting friends and family first. Birthday cards were purchased and addressed for the entire calendar year and always mailed on time. His sense of humor was unique, those pre-addressed birthday cards were sealed with Elmer’s glue. Many years he had everyone’s Christmas presents purchased and wrapped before Halloween; usually in the local funnies. You always knew which gifts were from Joe because he spent as much time taping them up as he did shopping for the gifts. He loved bringing “just because gifts” for those who were special to him; also securely glued and taped!

He leaves behind many dear friends and relatives. Two sisters: Terry Erhart, Debbie Ellard and his brother-in-law, long time friend, hunting and fishing partner, Bryan Erhart. All of his amazing nieces and nephews: Chadd Erhart, Amanda Salcido Sykes, Vernon Salcido and his special great nieces: Mariah Erhart, Miranda Sykes and LorelieSykes.

Rest in Peace- You are Loved

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joe Lee Ellard, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, January 14, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Mountain time)

Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory

1705 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59808

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 17

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree