In Memory of Rick Ellis

In Memory of Rick Ellis

On January 15, 2017, Richard Jay Ellis suffered a serious heart attack while riding his motorcycle and "finished his journey" in this world, having touched thousands on two continents not only with his enthusiasm for life, his unique sense of humor, his love and devotion to his family, but above all his tender heart full of love and compassion for people. Rick was 60 years old.

Those who knew Rick knew that he enjoyed life with hobbies such as diving, fishing, hunting, building and sailing wooden boats, as well as motorcycling. But what most filled his life were people: listening to their experiences, helping them with their problems and concerns and pointing them to the solution who is Jesus Christ.

Everyone has stories about Rick. Please share your favorite memories of him, photos, pranks, or lessons he taught you as we build out this memorial together.

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Rick and Laurel leaving our house
2016 Springfield, MO

Rick and Laurel leaving our house

by Dave Ellis
Recuerdos de hace 5 años en un Chiquiculto sirviendo para Dios y a los peques, fue un día especial,  finalizando con una oración del Pastor Ricardo.
2012 Centro Biblico Cristiano de Concepción

Recuerdos de hace 5 años en un Chiquiculto sirviendo para Dios y a los peques, fue un día especial, finalizando con una oración del Pastor Ricardo.

by Patricia de la Paz
Rick made me smile when...

We're up camping/fishing in Cajas…Dad’s fishing reel falls into the [email protected] meters elevation, cold. Rick sees it, says something like, “Oh it’s right there” about 2 meters down…strips to his underwear, dives in, retrieves the reel…comes up out of the water, with a big smile on his face, shivering.

by Henry Smith
Congreso de misiones en Argentina, yo estudiaba en el IBRP y fui al congreso.. y derrepente ¡sorpresa!  el pastor estaba allí también
2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Congreso de misiones en Argentina, yo estudiaba en el IBRP y fui al congreso.. y derrepente ¡sorpresa! el pastor estaba allí también

by Andrea Anich
En un retiro de jóvenes... le tiramos harina al pastor
2003 Campamento, Chile

En un retiro de jóvenes... le tiramos harina al pastor

by Andrea Anich
Rick made me smile when...

Rick and I were around 12. We went to the big "Plaza Moreno" city square in the center of La Plata, Argentina and put our feet in a fountain and washed them. Every passerby would stare at us. We thought it was funny and laughed to our hearts' content.

by Sergio Scataglini
Pastor Ricardo y pequeño grupo de jóvenes CBC después de una reunión familiar de domingo.
2014 Anibal Pinto 215, Concepción

Pastor Ricardo y pequeño grupo de jóvenes CBC después de una reunión familiar de domingo.

by Patricio Ampuero
Su travesuras incluían...

Esconder las pertenencias de sus ovejas, sin embargo, un jueves de Estudio bíblico cuando solía llegar en moto tomé venganza. Escondí su casco. Al finalizar la reunión, observé que buscó sin consultar por 20 min, hasta que le pregunto ¿Pastor se le perdió algo? Sólo sonrió y me dio un cariñoso golpe

by Patricio Ampuero
Jeremiah 3:15 was God's chosen Word to all of us the night of Rick's home going, picked from the "Word of Life" box at the hospital by a dear friend.
2017 Concepción, Chile

Jeremiah 3:15 was God's chosen Word to all of us the night of Rick's home going, picked from the "Word of Life" box at the hospital by a dear friend.

by Laurel Ellis
Pastor Ed Uhles in Irrigon saved every single one of our prayers cards, surprising us with them when we stayed at the church's guest house in 2015.
1984

Pastor Ed Uhles in Irrigon saved every single one of our prayers cards, surprising us with them when we stayed at the church's guest house in 2015.

by Laurel Ellis
Devin took this funny but sweet pic with his fish eye lens. Life with Rick was always an adventure.
2008 Kirkland

Devin took this funny but sweet pic with his fish eye lens. Life with Rick was always an adventure.

by Laurel Ellis
Rick began his love for bikes
1959 Seattle

Rick began his love for bikes

by Dick Ellis
Rick made me smile when...

he was 4 on his knees at church, he looked up seriously, but when his mother asked if he had finished praying, he responded “no” and bowed his head to continued praying. Suddenly his little hands began shaking. The Holy Spirit had his hand on Rick that resulted in his future missionary ministry.

by Dick Ellis
Rick always used to say...
We know who shot the sheriff....but the question is, who shot the deputy?
by Laurel Ellis
My favorite Rick prank was when...

When he and Dave Kenney threw me into the pool while I was trying to be the "MK Leader!"

by Joy Sorbo
Rick (3) and his brother David in a Christmas program. Once they were done, Rick ran around the platform grinning as his mother tired to corral him.
1959 Chinook, WA

Rick (3) and his brother David in a Christmas program. Once they were done, Rick ran around the platform grinning as his mother tired to corral him.

by Dick Ellis
Dad's bike broke down on the side of a dirt road. After macgyvering a fix he rode hundreds of miles home.
2003 Conguillio National Park, Chile

Dad's bike broke down on the side of a dirt road. After macgyvering a fix he rode hundreds of miles home.

by David Ellis
Rick made me smile when...

I was privileged to get to know Rick and his family when they itinerated in Paisley, Oregon. One elderly couple hosted the young boys, and enjoyed watching them run and play in their home. I think they didn't know what hit them! ♡ The Schultzes have since retired to their heavenly mansion.

by Jim Dickinson
Rick made me smile when...

At their rental by Martha Lake, Rick would take one of their cats, turn it on it's back and run the kitty half way across the carpet before letting go. In a ball of static electric fuzz, the cat would leap away. About 10 minutes later the cat would return to Rick and he would do all over again.

by Dave Watanabe
Rick and Laurel on their Wedding day
1978 Seattle

Rick and Laurel on their Wedding day

by Devin
Agradezco a E. Cifuentes por plasmar en un papel el sentido del humor de nuestro Pastor Rick
2017 Concepcion

Agradezco a E. Cifuentes por plasmar en un papel el sentido del humor de nuestro Pastor Rick

by Ignacio Rudolph
Presentación de Catalina al Señor
2006 Concepcion

Presentación de Catalina al Señor

by Javier
Rick made me smile when...

Our memory is when we burned down the Ellis' house in Concepción while they were on furlough. Rick came to survey the damage and we were fearing his response. He looked around and later said "You could have at least had the fire later so that I could go to the Breakthrough Conference in Argentina."

by Bruno and Heather Frigoli
Rick made me smile when...

I remember meeting Rick when I was a shy, scared freshman at Northwest College. My cousin Laurel and he had just gotten married that summer. They made sure to look me up and spend time with me even though Laurel and I had not seen each other very much over the years. Special cousin-in-law.

by Lynette Munger (Smith)
Rick tried to photobomb Karyn, she grabbed him and we snapped this instead
2009 Concepcion, Chile

Rick tried to photobomb Karyn, she grabbed him and we snapped this instead

by Devin
Rick made me smile when...

He and Laurel went camping with our family and the Hedman's down in Conguillío, Chile. They had a helium balloon, breathed in a little of it and were talking funny. Laurel was expecting their first son, but was a trouper on the camp out!

by Carolyn & Everett Ward
Rick made me smile when...

I always take credit for introducing Rick and Laurel at Cedar Springs campgrounds during an MK retreat.

by Dave Kenney
Rick taught me...

that there will be times I don't like, jobs I don't enjoy, things I want to do but can't - but that I should stay on the path laid before me by God. There is a way that seems right to a man. but in the end it leads to death.

by Daniel Ellis
One of our son Devin's first photoshop projects. We weren't actually together but our parents were missionaries from the same district (NW).
1960 Seattle, Washington

One of our son Devin's first photoshop projects. We weren't actually together but our parents were missionaries from the same district (NW).

by Laurel Ellis
Rick always said I was a "keeper" when he told me Panama had 300 feet of snow at the airport and I said, "Really?"
1977 Cedar Springs Camp, Lake Stevens, WA

Rick always said I was a "keeper" when he told me Panama had 300 feet of snow at the airport and I said, "Really?"

by Laurel Ellis
Momento hermoso donde tuvimos el privilegio de recibir la bendición de parte de nuestro Pastor Rick Ellis junto a su esposa Laurel Ellis...lo llevamos
2006 Centro Biblico Cristiano

Momento hermoso donde tuvimos el privilegio de recibir la bendición de parte de nuestro Pastor Rick Ellis junto a su esposa Laurel Ellis...lo llevamos

by Patricia Vives Salazar
Ricardo solía decir...
Tu presencia me bendice
by Patricia Vives Salazar
Los niños de Curanilahue escondieron su casco
2013 Curanilahue

Los niños de Curanilahue escondieron su casco

by Sandra
2010 Seattle

Dad never was one to follow the safety instructions.

by Devin
Su travesuras incluían...

Un día fuimos invitados a comer a su casa junto a mi hija de 14 años y mi esposo. Los hombres salieron a andar en moto y Rick llevó a mi hija también. Cuando llegaron Rick dijo"Cuéntale a tu mamá donde fuimos" y mi hija señaló" fuimos a disparar"! y Rick añadió "Mas encima tiene buena puntería"

by Sandra Montecinos
Rick taught me...

That God never forgets His children and that God is a Father to the fatherless! I've known Rick since a young teen at MK retreats. He and Laurel have always been like family to me and his jokes, his hugs and word of encouragement at the right time were just reminders of God's love on earth. Ride On!

by Teresa Manning
Rick taught me...

How to work on cars and motorcycles

by David Ellis
Rick made me smile when...

He thought he was aquaman by squirting water with hands in the pool.

by David Ellis
My favorite Rick prank was when...

When dad would drive close to the edge of a mountain road

by David Ellis
Rick made me smile when...

My dad tried to pay him back for his prank on us and it backfired. My favorite memory is seeing Uncle Rick smiling in the distance as he watched the prank fail, shaking his head and mouthing "amateur"...

by Bethany Babcock
Rick made me smile when...

Laurel was in labor with Devin I thought Rick would never get to Clínica Francesa, but he did! We never saw cars speeding by on the outside lane, trying to beat the traffic... But that day we said, "There goes Rick Ellis!" Love all the Ellises

by Marilyn N Eddie Graves
My favorite Rick prank was when...

The MKs at NC used to get together for various activities. Rick's old car had a switch on the dashboard to shock whoever touched it on that side. On the way to a MK skating trip, we got Marilyn McCauley to sit on the passenger side & touch the dash, shocking to our delight & her chagrin.

by Randy Martin
My favorite Rick prank was when...

We attended NC together. The MKs like Rick and I used to try and do things together. Rick was always into some mischief once he made a flame throwers out of pop cans & lighter fluid. he ignited it just in time to almost fry the Resident Dorm Counsellor, Kevin Ashe.

by Randy Martin
Rick always used to say...
Hi hungry, I'm dad.

[Watching movie with far-fetched plot] This is based on a real story.
by Daniel
A good friend to have by your side!
2004 Arauco

A good friend to have by your side!

by Ken
My favorite Rick prank was when...

living in Chile as a kid I was over at the Ellis household when it was a birthday and a gift was handed over with much grace and dignity. What followed was countless layers of newspaper and ever smaller boxes.

He also never tired of us coming back covered head to toe in grey mud from the quarry.

by Robert Caig
Rick and Laurel are a part of some of my favorite memories from high school days!  We a blast getting his Willys jeep stuck and unstuck many times.
1981 Paraguay

Rick and Laurel are a part of some of my favorite memories from high school days! We a blast getting his Willys jeep stuck and unstuck many times.

by Randy Gould
This young missionary family took Loja, Ecuador by storm, leaving behind one of Ecuador's strongest churches. Thank you Rick and Laurel.
1989 Loja, Ecuador

This young missionary family took Loja, Ecuador by storm, leaving behind one of Ecuador's strongest churches. Thank you Rick and Laurel.

by Bill McDonald
Rick made me smile when...

Just minutes before we took our last motorcycle ride, we were at some friends' house trying their smoked pork loin (Rick got them in to the art of smoked meats). Rick failed to answer a question, absently looking at me. When asked again he said he was just thinking how beautiful I am.

by Laurel Ellis
While on staff.
1984 Grants Pass, Oregon, Parkway A/G

While on staff.

by Lloyd Smith
While on staff.
1984 Grants Pass, Oregon, Parkway A/G

While on staff.

by Lloyd Smith
While on staff.
1984 Grants Pass, Oregon, Parkway A/G

While on staff.

by Lloyd Smith
Taken while they were on staff as staff-missionaries.
1984 Grants Pass, Oregon, Parkway A/G

Taken while they were on staff as staff-missionaries.

by Lloyd Smith
While they were on staff at the church.
1984 Grants Pass, Oregon, Parkway A/G

While they were on staff at the church.

by Lloyd Smith
Rick taught me...

A bit more from Keith: . He was as talented as he was inspirational. Praying for Laurel and the rest of their family.

by Lloyd Smith
Rick taught me...

how to treat kids. This is from my son, Keith Smith. Rick was one of those guys who made the difficult look effortless. Whether he was sharpshooting a target at an impossible distance, helping an angry teenage boy (me) through a tumultuous time, or packing up and heading to the mission field.

by Lloyd Smith...for Keith Smith
Rick made me smile when...

I was an MK to Chile, and Rick and Laurel had come as new missionaries. We lived in a high-rise apartment building with a pool, and Rick came over to swim with us one day. He pulled his feet up close to his body, so he looked like a short man floating. I still do that myself, and I think of him.

by Nickie-Nick Pino
Rick made me smile when...

I was an MK in Cuenca, Ec when Ellis's lived in Loja. Our house was only a few miles from the Cajas Park & uncle Rick loved to go fishing. We gave him a key to our place so he could freshen up before going home. We always knew when he'd been there because he would leave a fish head on the door knob!

by Leah
Uncle Rick at our house on Nov 11, 2016 in Ecuador on his way to Chili by motorcycle!
2016 Sucúa, Ecuador

Uncle Rick at our house on Nov 11, 2016 in Ecuador on his way to Chili by motorcycle!

by Leah
Rick made me smile when...

Last year Rick was with us at Turning Point Church and spoke at VIPS white elephant gift exchange!! He took a gift unwrapped and she tried to keep her gift from him all in fun!! But he took it anyway but gave it back to her at the end of the party surprising us all!! What a heart!!

by Fern Jacobson
Rick taught me...

that taking the road less traveled can make all the difference; be it while riding motorcycles, but more importantly with the choices we make in life.

by David Ellis
Dad installing lights for their tent crusade.
1986 San Pedo de la Paz, Bio Bio

Dad installing lights for their tent crusade.

by David
Dad enjoying his favorite sandwich since he was in college: the grinder from Acropolis in Kirkland.
2010 Kirkland WA

Dad enjoying his favorite sandwich since he was in college: the grinder from Acropolis in Kirkland.

by Devin
Rick taught me...

To follow my dream. After discovering a lifetime dream to ride a motorcycle to Alaska, Rick simply asked me "what's stopping you"? I took his advice and realized my dream. It was a joy following him as he fulfilled his dream of riding to Chile. I will always remember you my friend.

by Dan Snavley
Rick made me smile when...

I met Rick in Banos Ecuador a couple months ago while my wife and I were riding our KLR's to Ushuaia, Argentina. We only talked for a little while but I could tell he was a great guy. I was hoping to reconnect with him as we are on our way back north.

by Milton Anderson
Rick made me smile when...

I remember riding back of Port Orford, Or. for miles into the mountains. We both drove KLR650's. He was a great man of God and great friend. I pray for Laurel and family. Love them. Doug and Pam

by Doug Jamieson
Rick taught me...

About being patient and not judging others.

by Kevin
Dad convinced mom to get on his rather small dirtbike while we were at the beach.
2003 Concepcion, Chile

Dad convinced mom to get on his rather small dirtbike while we were at the beach.

by Devin
My favorite Rick prank was when...

Rick picked me up one morning to go to high school. I suddenly felt a huge shock. Rick just kept driving. No idea what was happening. Rick started laughing. Rick had wired several wires through the passenger seat connected to a handheld push button wired to the coil. Fun times.

by Gary McIntyre
Su travesuras incluían...

El amor de Dios lo vi reflejado en su manera de ser, el pastor Ricardo era especial sin duda. A veces en el culto de la mañana compartíamos un rico pan con chicharrones de carne en la última fila para que nadie nos viera jaja! Mi querido pastor admira la belleza del Señor en estos momentos.

by Claudio Sepúlveda
Rick taught me...

my very first time on how to shoot a rifle with David on one of our outings in Conce.

by Jonathan Cartledge
Su travesuras incluían...

Se ofrecía llevarme en su auto pero antes decía "necesito pasar a lavar el auto", ya en la máquina del lavado bajaba los vidrios y claro nos bañábamos los ocupantes también. Eso es único en la vida y solo Ricardo lo podía hacer

by Marco (Zaragoza)
Rick taught me...

That there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to [spiritual] death.

by Daniel
He thought the U-Turn signs at the beginning of his journey were funny, as if his mom had paid to have them put in.
2016 Northern Mexico

He thought the U-Turn signs at the beginning of his journey were funny, as if his mom had paid to have them put in.

by Devin
Rick taught me...

how to shoot a decent picture.

by Devin
Goofing around while fixing the car before an outing.
2009 Concepcion,Chile

Goofing around while fixing the car before an outing.

by Karyn Ellis
Rick always used to say...
Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don't.
by Devin
Rick leaving his parent's house on his motorcycle journey to Chile.
2016 Phoenix AZ

Rick leaving his parent's house on his motorcycle journey to Chile.

by Devin
Vista aérea de la carpa en donde los Pastores Ricardo-Laura, comenzaron su misión en Chile. Ahora soy miembro de la otra iglesia que comenzaron, CBC.
1986 San Pedro, Chile

Vista aérea de la carpa en donde los Pastores Ricardo-Laura, comenzaron su misión en Chile. Ahora soy miembro de la otra iglesia que comenzaron, CBC.

by Juan Alejandro Fuentes Garcia
Rick hugging Karyn on her wedding day
2008 Seattle

Rick hugging Karyn on her wedding day

by Devin
Rick and Laurel prayer card photo.
2015 Seattle

Rick and Laurel prayer card photo.

by Devin
Rick on his RideToChile.com
2016 Quito Ecuador

Rick on his RideToChile.com

by Devin
Rick taught me...

About 16 years ago, Rick Ellis invited me to be part of his team for a few months in Conce, to lead the youth group and perform other church duties. So far, that has been the best youth pastoral experience I have had. I'm thankful for his life and ministry, for working with me when I was very young.

by José Luis Moraga
Un alumno de la Esc Biblica. tuvo el privilegio que el Pastor Rick Ellis orara por él en el día de su cumpleaños.
2017 Yungay, Chile

Un alumno de la Esc Biblica. tuvo el privilegio que el Pastor Rick Ellis orara por él en el día de su cumpleaños.

by Eugenia Pinto
Ricardo me enseñó...

Un hombre que peleó la batalla, acabó la carrera, y guardó la fe. Un afortunado, un dichoso, un hombre que conoció la GRACIA de Dios, vivió por ella, la compartió y ahora disfruta de ella. Un hombre que a diario mostraba la alegría de saberse amado por Dios. Es bienaventurado Pastor Rick!

by Felipe Olcese
Ricardo me enseñó...

Muchas gracias por invitarme a conocer otros fondos, otros paisajes y otros caminos.
Sin duda este pasaje refleja la que fue su conducta.
Que habite en ustedes la palabra de Cristo con toda su riqueza: instrúyanse y aconséjense unos a otros con toda sabiduría.
Colosenses 3:16 (a) NVI

by Ignacio Rudolph Kuncar
Ricardo me enseñó...

Además de tener muchas pasiones en común (armas, aletas cortas y aletas largas con arpones, botes, motores, el ahumado, y -después de seis meses de negociación- las motos) también compartimos el amor de Cristo y su iglesia y la urgencia de que cada mensaje debía pasar por la cruz y la gracia.

by Ignacio Rudolph Kuncar
Ricardo me enseñó...

Fue una bendición para mi vida haber compartido con el Pastor Rick Ellis y ver el cristianismo en forma práctica, crecer en cada conversación, aprender de los detalles, valorar sus decisiones priorizando a los demás y sus consejos...

by Ignacio Rudolph Kuncar
Rick taught me...

Brad and I first met Rick right after we were approved as missionaries to Japan. He prayed a special prayer of blessing over our life and ministry, like he was a friend we had known for a long time, sharing incredible wisdom from his life as a MK, and then as a missionary for 30 years.

by Roberta Shimomura
Our dear friends, Rick Ellis & Laurel, many years ago......when they were first missionaries in Ecuador.
1993 Loja, Ecuador

Our dear friends, Rick Ellis & Laurel, many years ago......when they were first missionaries in Ecuador.

by Debbie Anderson
Hablando con los Pastores Ricardo y Laura por Skype.
2016 Concepción, Chile

Hablando con los Pastores Ricardo y Laura por Skype.

by Devora Natalia
Nunca olvidaré lo que Pastor Ricardo me dijo, "Pablo nunca permitas que tu llamado se apague más bien sírvele y ámalo hasta cuando el desee llevarte"
2016 Loja, Ecuador

Nunca olvidaré lo que Pastor Ricardo me dijo, "Pablo nunca permitas que tu llamado se apague más bien sírvele y ámalo hasta cuando el desee llevarte"

by Pablo Armijos
Sorry...tenia que compartirlo! Era un loquillo Rick Ellis!
2015 CBC Rozas 1591, Concepción

Sorry...tenia que compartirlo! Era un loquillo Rick Ellis!

by Sandra Montecinos Garrido
Ricardo me enseñó...

Dios por medio de su vida nos permitió conocer el mejor regalo de todos, a Jesús. Gracias por forjar en nosotros ese carácter como creyente y gracias a Dios por permitirnos conocerle. Nos deja un gran mensaje, pelear la buena batalla, acabar la carrera y guardar la fe.

by Camila Hermosilla Mesa
Ricardo me enseñó...

De esas lecciones de vida cargadas de un significado importantes en las decisiones personales de cada uno de nosotros. Hoy nos duele su partida , pero está en la presencia del mejor de todos ,de nuestro buen Dios, dejando un gran legado, formando a grandes y a pequeños, una de aquellos soy yo.

by Camila Hermosilla Mesa
Ricardo me enseñó...

Pastor Ricardo Ellis,
Un amante de las motos
De las locuras y bromas
Pero por sobre todo de Dios
Como no recordar esas bromas e historia suyas.
De los papeles volando en medio de una comida ,de esos sustos repentinos.

by Camila Hermosilla Mesa