NEW ULM - The interview with Dennis Ellingson, a sixth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary School, was interrupted several times by students. However, observing the ensuing interactions, I didn't really mind.
Pall Bearers were Lester Ellingson, Jr., Terry Ellingson, Dennis Ellingson, Jim Nelson, Curt Hanson, Steve Hagen, Dennis Haugen and Loren Haugen.
In Hermiston Oregon he married Geraldine “Geri” Haynes on August 1, 1947. They had two children, Dennis Lee Ellingson and Laurie Jill Ellingson. In August of 2012 they celebrated 65 years of marriage. In their early years of marriage the young family lived in a number of different places in Oregon. Dolph pursued a career with Safeway Grocery stores and worked for them for 39 years and was one of the most successful managers in the district. When they retired they sold the family home, said goodbye to Oregon friends and moved to Green Valley Arizona and never looked back at the snowy winters. They lived in Green Valley for 25 years, the last two years at Silver Springs.
In their younger years they were avid cross-country skiers, and enjoyed riding bikes on long trips. Their other great joy was square dancing and danced across the country. One great accomplishment was hiking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim while in their 60’s! Dad loved the beach and laying in the sun. Their church family was very important to them and they enjoyed spending a lot of time with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Geri, his older brother James Bradford, his daughter Laurie Ellingson Foley. He is survived by his sister Bette Lambier, his son Dennis Ellingson and his wife Kit. His two grandchildren, Todd Ellingson and his wife Lori, Wendy Wood and her husband Rob, one great grandson, Randy Wood and his son-in-law Ridgeway “Dick” Foley.