Obituary: Elroy Ellingson
February 7, 2022
Elroy M. Ellingson, 89, of Glenfield, N.D., died on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Carrington, N.D.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022 at Prairie Faith Lutheran Church, Glenfield, N.D., with burial following at the Grace City Cemetery. Rev. Russ Christiansen officiated, with special music by Emily Spickler and Elroy's family. Pallbearers were Cole Ellingson, Justin Spickler, Cayler Ellingson, Nathan Spickler, Chase Ellingson, Dawson Sedivec, Kyra Uhlenkamp, Shelby Sedivec and Gerri Ann Munkeby. Military honors provided by North Dakota Funeral Honors Team.
Elroy Melvin Ellingson was born on Aug. 13, 1932, in Carrington, N.D., to Fanuel and Marie (Stangeland) Ellingson. He was raised on a farm south of Grace City along the James River, the youngest of five children. He attended elementary school in Haven Township and high school at Juanita, N.D., and at Glenfield, N.D. On March 24, 1956, he married Marlys Sandvol. She died in November of 2003. On July 1, 2004, he married JoAnn Spickler.
Elroy was inducted into the United States Army on Aug. 4, 1954, at Fort Leonardwood, Mo., and served in the Okinawa Islands during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a PFC on Oct. 19, 1955, due to a family emergency.
Some of Elroy's community activities included serving on both the Grace City Lutheran Church board and the Grace City School board. He was a Haven Township supervisor for many years and also served as chairman for several years. He also belonged to the Buffalo City R/C Squadron in Jamestown.
Elroy was a dairy farmer for many years, then a cattleman, and finally a sheep producer, raising polypay sheep for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the N.D. Lamb and Wool Association and the Dakota Sheep Growers.
Elroy is survived by his wife; two children, Craig (Alice) Ellingson, Glenfield, N.D. and Joan (Kevin) Sedivec, Cummings, N.D.; sister, Lillian Pedersen, Carrington, N.D.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Elroy was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clifford and Franklin, sister Marvel Lindstrom, first wife Marlys, and daughter Malina Larson.
Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home of Carrington, N.D.