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Leon Francis Ellis, age 71 of Keshena, Wisconsin Journeyed to the Spirit World at his residence on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.  He was born on January 13, 1952 the son of Frank Hodder and Marlene Ellis in White Earth, Minnesota.  Leon was married to Robin and she preceded him in death.  He was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Tribe.

He enlisted in the Marines and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.  He was Gunner Sargent.  Leon served two tours in Vietnam.  He was in Racon, the Marine’s toughest unit.  He was wounded twice and was awarded two Purple Hearts.  Leon also received the following for his service to his country, The Rifle Marksman Badge, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Survived by his son: Sean Ellis; daughter: Heather Ellis; 6 step-children; brothers: Mike Ellis, Mark Hackley and William Hackley; sisters: Caroline Hackley, Cheryle Hackley, Darlene Baldwin and Karlene Hackley and three grandchildren.

An all-night visitation will be held Tuesday, October 24, 2023 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A Funeral Service for Leon Francis Ellis will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Chilson Funeral Home assisted the family with funeral arrangements.  On-line condolences can directed to

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