Elmer Roy Ellingson, 89, of Columbia Falls, Mont., died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Garden Lutheran Church north of Watford City.
Elmer was born on Feb. 1, 1921, to Edwin and Mabel (Johnson) Ellingson.
Elmer married Leva Thompson on Nov. 6, 1941. Together, they had two children, Duane and Wanda “Babe.”
In his younger years, Elmer worked in the CCC camps in California. Later, he broke horses for neighbors for a few dollars per horse. He also worked with Ben Johnston on his ranch. He spent time building dams with heavy equipment in the Watford City area. Later, he worked for Will Warner as a heel boom operator for many years in the woods near Columbia Falls. He also went to Sitka, Ala., to work as a perfectist welder.
He enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing, hunting and listening to good old country music.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Leva Ellingson.
He is survived by his children, Duane Ellingson and wife, Phyllis, of Two Rivers, Ala., Wanda Olson and husband, Rob, of Williston, N.D., Caroll Johnston and friend, Loretta, of Watford City, N.D., James Johnston and wife, Elva Lou, of Grassy Butte, N.D., Dolly Zingleman of Watford City, and Ted Johnston and wife, Janice, of Trenton, N.D.; 23 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
You are invited to go to www.igfuneralhome.com to view Elmer’s guest book, offer condolences, and share memories.