ElRoy Ellingson, 1935-2015

Published 10:32 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Memorial services for ElRoy A. “Duke” Ellingson will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral chapel. The Rev. Don Rose will officiate. Interment will be in Mansfield Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Duke died on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at his home in Kiester.

ElRoy Ellingson

ElRoy Ellingson


ElRoy Ardon Ellingson was born on Jan. 28, 1935, in St. James, the son of Joel and Selma (Cleven) Ellingson. He grew up in the Kiester and Mason City areas, graduating from Mason City High School. On Dec. 28, 1954, he was united in marriage to JoAnn Martinie in Mason City. He served his country in the United States Army from 1954 to 1955. Duke owned and operated Kiester Food Market. He was a member of Lutheran Church in Kiester, and served on the Kiester city council and the Kiester rescue squad. He loved visiting with people. Duke enjoyed fishing and always looked forward to his family’s fishing trips up north. Most precious to Duke was just hanging out with his family. He also enjoyed pool league, cribbage, golf, bowling, basketball, football and baseball.

Survivors include his children Craig (Nancy Swenson) Ellingson of Forest City, Iowa, Robyn (Jeff) Wacholz of Alden and Mary Jo (Bob) Martinson of Marshall; grandchildren Hilary (Lee) Wacholz-Steinhauer, Ron (Brooke Bergeson) Wacholz, Spencer Wacholz and Grant, Claire, and Connor Martinson; his first great-grandchild due in December; sisters Gilma Oppedahl and Doreen (Tom) Reisetter; and sisters-in-law Zelda (Alan) Groh and Gwen Ellingson.

Duke was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn; his parents Joel and Selma; his brother, Ronald; a sister in infancy; and his brother-in-law, Eldo Oppedahl.