Lester Ellingson, 90

Nov. 22, 1929 —
Aug. 22, 2020
CRESCO - Lester Gaylord Ellingson, age 90, passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, Iowa.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home from 4-7 p.m.  Private family services will be at a later date.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks are recommended, and social distancing will be practiced. 
Lester was born on Nov. 22, 1929, to John and Geneva (Haugen) Ellingson on the family farm in Howard County, Iowa. He graduated from high school and went on to marry his sweetheart, Darlene Duneman in 1950 at the Justice of the Peace. To this union were born four sons, Rodney, Dale, Steve and Randy. The couple cherished each other until Darlene’s death in 1995.
You might have known him for his hands, rough and callused from working the land. A balance of taking, but doing no harm, was the way he ran his farm. 
You may have known him through his wife, the most loving woman, who shared his life. Working together through sorrow and joys, they paid for a farm and raised four boys.
You might have known him through his gun, lots of game and lots of fun — ducks or pheasants, rabbits or deer, back in the fifties, or just last year.
You may have known him through his boat, those wilderness lakes or a river float. Spilled bait in the bottom, and snus on the seat, it smelled pretty fishy, but the memories are sweet.
So many others which way should I go, do I start with the gardening, end with Mexico? No, I’ll leave it to you, which memory to hold, the man of his youth or when he was old.
Hey, the guy wasn’t perfect, we all can attest, as a memory maker though? Maybe the best.
Lester is survived by his four sons and their wives, Rodney (Doreen) Ellingson of Cresco, Randy (Laura) Ellingson of Cresco, Dale (Renee) Ellingson of New Ulm, Minn. and Steve (Jane) Ellingson of Cresco; his grandchildren, Jess (Nichole) Ellingson, Ross (Emily) Ellingson, Beth (Kory) Huber, Jami Wenninger (Les), Cory (Laurie) Ellingson, Sara (Ron) Riehle, Reid (Natalie) Ellingson and Owen Ellingson; and his great-grandchildren, Rhiannon, Danielle, Olive and Lucy Ellingson, Iver, Adyson and Audra Ellingson, Grady and Gavin Huber, Emerson and Carly Wenninger, Kennady and Avery Riehle and Eleanor and Esmae Ellingson.
Lester was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; grandson, Nathan Ellingson; and his brother, Charles Ellingson.

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