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