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Elroy Ellingson

Elroy M. Ellingson, age 89, of Glenfield, ND, died on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at CHI St. Alexius Hospital, Carrington, ND.

Elroy Melvin Ellingson was born on August 13, 1932, in Carrington, ND, 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, ND, and at Glenfield, ND. 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 August 4, 1954, at Fort Leonardwood, MO, and served in the Okinawa Islands during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged as a PFC on October 19, 1955, due to a family emergency.

Elroy is survived by his wife JoAnn, two children, Craig (Alice) Ellingson, Glenfield, ND, and Joan (Kevin) Sedivec, Cummings, ND. Also surviving is his sister, Lillian Pedersen, Carrington, ND; five grandchildren: Cole (Sheri) Ellingson, Grace City, ND, Gerri Ann Munkeby, Hatton, ND, Kyra (Tyler) Uhlenkamp, Fargo, ND, Shelby and Dawson Sedivec, Cummings, ND; and six great-grandchildren: Chase and Cayler Ellingson, Taryn, Trayson, and Tessa Munkeby, and Jensen Uhlenkamp.

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 and hosted an annual airplane fun-fly at his farm each summer.

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 ND Lamb & Wool Association and the Dakota Sheep Growers. In his spare time, he enjoyed building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, wood carving, and taxidermy. He had over 50 mounts displayed in his house including a coyote, a bobcat, and an elk, along with many birds, deer, and fish. He also enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading, listening to country music, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Elroy was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Clifford and Franklin, sister Marvel Lindstrom, first wife Marlys, and daughter Malina Larson.


Elroy’s Visitation will be Tuesday, from 1:00PM-4:30PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 11:00AM at Prairie Faith Church, Glenfield, ND.

His Burial will be at the Grace City Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. Craig, Alice, Cole, Jeri Ann, and the rest of Elroy’s family

    RIP Elroy!
    Thinking of the family as you process the passing of such a wonderful person that Elroy was.

    Kathy Lesmeister
    Nicole Chenze
    Milo Schuster

  2. So sorry for your loss. Sending hugs to each of you.

  3. Condolences to Elroy’s family. Hugs.

  4. So sorry for your lose, Hugs and prayers

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Elroy. I have many wonderful memories of Elroy. Prayers to all of his family members. Rest in peace Elroy

  6. Our deepest condolences to Elroy’s family. He sounded like a wonder man and lived a good life. Hugs to you all.

  7. Sorry for your loss love Joan and family and Joann who took much care with him in his last years. May you all be at peace at heavens gain. Remember all he taught you too. God Bless!

  8. We were sorry to hear of Elroy’s passing. We will keep the Ellingson families in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. It was sad for us to hear about Elroy passing. Many great memories as a kid with Elroy, Marlys, Craig and Joan on the farm.

    As we had children the memories continued with hunting ducks and geese and Elroy attending their weddings. The bear rug and mounted birds in our home will remind us of Elroy for many years.

    Condolences to the family.

  10. So sorry for your loss. Prayers

  11. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all. Roger and Linda Lauckner

  12. So very sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of your parents and playing with you guys when we were kids. I remember the big family gatherings. So many of those people are no longer with us. Losing your parents is so difficult. I miss mine all the time. I wish you peace, healing and memories that bring a smile to your face.

  13. Our deepest sympathies to the family of Elroy at his passing. He was a kind, gentle and thoughtful man. He will be truly missed. We have fond memories of the “Fun Fly” RC group gatherings/potluck. It was something we looked forward to every year. May your memories get you through this most difficult time.

  14. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Elroy was a very kind and thoughtful friend.

  15. I was very sorry to hear of Elroy’s passing! Deepest sympathy to his family.

    My parents Paul & Mildred Sandvol, sister Judy and I made many trips to North Dakota years ago to visit family.

    Spending time with Marlys & Elroy on their farm was always Special.


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