Harry E. “Mouse” Ellett Jr., 77 of Des Moines, Iowa and formerly of Perry, Iowa passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at the Kavanagh Hospice House after a lengthy illness of Pulmonary Fibrosis.


Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Murdock Funeral Home with Chaplain James Curry officiating. Burial will be in Violet Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donald Johns II, Jeremiah Ellett, Matt Murray, Brian Cornwell, Rodger Beers and Oscar Grabill. Honorary pallbearers are John Baxter, Bob Wilson, Jack Dever, Roger Brokaw, David Burrell and Nicholas Booth. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 with the family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at Murdock Funeral Home.


Harry Earl Ellett Jr. was born May 6, 1939 in the home his grandfather built in Perry, Iowa. The fourth of four children, Harry attended Perry Schools and graduated from Perry High School in 1957. He joined the National Guard in 1959 and served four years. Harry began work at Bridgestone Firestone, Inc. on May 6, 1963 and retired from there in February of 1995. Harry was a proud father of his children Cindy born in 1960 and his son Harry born in 1964.


Harry moved from Perry in 1993 to Jewel, Iowa where he married RaNae Marie Beers in Feb. of 1995. He went to work for Harris Auto Racing in Story City, Iowa until the business was sold in approximately 2001. In 2004 Harry and RaNae moved to Des Moines and in 2014 moved to Valley View Village Retirement Community.


Harry is survived by his wife RaNea Ellett of Des Moines, Iowa; his daughter Cindy Hoffman of Rochester, Minn.; his son Harry E. (Happy) Ellett III of Perry, Iowa; step-daughter Jill (Brian) Cornwell of Des Moines, Iowa; step-son Nicholas (Myranda) Booth of Fayetteville, N.C.; his sister Harriett Burrell of Estes Park, Colo.; brother-in-law Donald Johns of Perry, Iowa; his cousin Dorothy Phillips of Denver, Colo.; mother-in-law Georgia Beers of Ankeny, Iowa; father-in-law Carl B. (Sue) Beers of River Falls, Wisc.; sister-in-law LaRae (Randy) Denham of Ankeny, Iowa and brother-in-law Roger (Michele) Beers of Dubuque, Iowa. Also surviving Harry are eight grandchildren; Tasha (Paul Jr) Booth, Skye (Matt Murray) Ellett, Jeremiah Ellett, Christopher Baker, Haylea Booth, Ashton Booth, Connor Cornwell and Addyson Cornwell. One great-granddaughter Layla Booth and one great-grandson Lincoln Booth and many nieces and nephews.


Preceding Harry in death were his parents, his two sisters Beverly McMickle and Joanne Johns and his brother-in-law Robert Burrell.