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Ellsworth "Al" Ellingson

July 24, 1934 — May 1, 2024

Rochester

Ellsworth (Al) Starks Ellingson was born on July 24, 1934, to parents Sanford and Ella (Starks) Ellingson. Ellsworth grew up as a farm boy in Dexter, Minnesota and later becoming a turkey farmer in Byron and Pine Island. After attending diesel mechanic school in Chicago, Ellsworth worked for Frazier Construction and Rochester Sand and Gravel Construction.

Al married the love of his life Anna Lemmer on July 4, 1959, in Minnieska, Minnesota. He was a member of Pax Christi, the Eagles Club, and the 49 Union. He enjoyed old cars, car shows, bowling, country music, dancing, camping, cruises, playing cards, and family car trips after church on Sundays. Many would come to Al's Garage for repairs from him - he was a jack-of-all-trades. He especially loved gatherings with family and friends on his patio.

Al was married to the most beautiful girl in the world for 65 years, and together they raised five lovely children. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, and he could never have enough friends. His love and happiness gave us all strength. He always bragged he was a millionaire because of his wife, family, and friends.

Al is preceded in death by his parents, Sanford and Ella Ellingson, and two brothers, Stuart and Marvin Ellingson.

Al is survived by his wife, Anna Ellingson; children Teresa (Paul) Freund, Tom Ellingson, Cathy Ellingson, Linda (Dan) Ellingson, Jean (Don) Suelter; grandchildren Ryan (Megan) Ellingson-Zaic, Chase (Kaylie) Ellingson, Traci (Curt) Ellingson, Tricia (Mike) Freund, Taylor (Rachel) Freund; and great-grandchildren Noelle, Noah Eleanor, Lillian, and Aiden.

A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, and one hour prior to the service on Friday. The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home (5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN). The burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rochester. A celebration of life will continue at the Eagles club at 3 PM.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Ellingson family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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Visitation

Thursday, May 9, 2024

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes

5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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Funeral Service

Friday, May 10, 2024

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes

5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901

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