Ellis Eugene Johansen was born Jan. 9, 1914, the fifth child of Fred and Annie Johansen in Hay Springs, Neb. Connie, Ferd and Fred, and Horace were born before him.
He graduated from high school in Hay Springs, and went on to attend college at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb..
He married Inez Dorothy Scholes in 1937. They had five children, one dying in infancy.
Ellis was a sales and service representative for Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation in Omaha and Sioux City before moving to Le Mars, in 1946. He opened a printing shop called "the Le Mars Memo."
In 1958 he became the job shop manager at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
In 1968 he accepted a government position as a solar observer in solar research at Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot, N.M. In 1981, he retired and moved to Alamogordo, N.M.
In 2007 after the death of his wife, he returned to Iowa living in LeClaire, and then Riverview Manor in Pleasant Valley, until his death.
He is survived by three sisters, Connie Miller, Madge Dugger, and Norma Patton; and by his four children: Sylvia Stokes, of Minneapolis, Minn., Marilyn Jeray, Lafayette, Ind., Liz Whisler; Le Claire, and Steven Johansen, Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Horace, Ferd, Fred, and Willard; and one sister Thelma Carter; infant son James, and a great-grandson, Timothy S. Melvin.
The Runge Mortuary & Crematory of Davenport was in charge of funeral arrangements.