Ronald Francis Ellingson was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1927, in Crookston, MN to Edna and Bernard Ellingson. Ron spent many happy summers during his childhood with his grandma and grandpa on their farm near Bemidji, MN. Ron graduated from Crookston High School, Class of 1945. He enlisted in the military at 17 years old and served proudly in the Merchant Marines and Army and was honorably discharged. Ron took part in a memorable Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2012.
While in the military, Ron married the love of his life, Esther Adelle Livingston on January 8, 1950. Ron graduated from Aakers Business College in Fargo ND. He worked for more than 35 years as Divisional Trucking Manager at Gamble Robinson in Fargo. Ron and Esther raised their family in Fargo and were long time members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church where Ron taught Sunday School and served as treasurer for many years. He enjoyed bowling on his company's league, fishing, and cheering on the MN Vikings and Twins. Ron and his family spent almost every Summer vacation and weekend on Big Turtle Lake north of Bemidji. What he loved most was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ronald Francis Ellingson was called home peacefully on October 30, 2018, with his loving family by his side. He was preceded in death by Esther, his wife of 54 years, daughter Taryn, grandson Luke, brother Jim and sister Barb (Krugler).
He is survived by his sons Michael Ellingson (Lois) of Fargo, and Casey Ellingson of Bemidji, daughters Susan Lorentz (David) of Bagley, and Peggy Tri (David) of Moorhead. Grandchildren David Lorentz Jr., of Fargo, Joshua Lorentz (Amber) of Bemidji, Amy O'Beirne (Joshua) of Bagley; Lindsay Ellingson of Bemidji, Christopher, Cory, Alex, and Aaron Tri of Moorhead. Great-grandchildren, Keon and Kaden Ellingson, Kemper and Sawyer Lorentz, and Noah, Remi and Eli O'Beirne.
We would like to thank Touch of Home in Bemidji for taking such wonderful care of our Dad.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Fargo, ND.
Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.