Marlin Larry Ellingson

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April 27, 1948 • July 11, 2018

Marlin L. Ellingson, 70, of Benson, Minnesota died Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at his home under Hospice care. 

Visitation was held 3-5 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  Visitation continued from 10-11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 11 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2018, at the church.  Burial was in the Benson City Cemetery. 

Marlin Larry Ellingson was born April 27, 1948 in Barrett, Minnesota, the son of Burtland and Ella Amelia (Achterberg) Ellingson.  He was confirmed at First Lutheran Church. Marlin grew up in Elbow Lake and attended Elbow Lake High School.  In 1967, he was married to Arlene Winter and they had four children, Lisa, Theresa, Rick, and Chad. 

He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After the Army, he resided in St. Louis Park where he worked as a body man and painter for a variety of companies.  He was creative and could find a purpose for everything.  He would always come up with a fix to any problem. 

April 7, 1979, Marlin was united in marriage to Judy Marie Erickson at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson.  They had two children, Marie and Lance.  Marlin and Judy lived in St. Louis Park until they both retired and moved back to Benson.  Marlin was a man who loved to work with his hands.  He enjoyed painting, woodworking, fixing cars and boats, and working on the house.  When he wasn’t busy creating, he was with his kids and grandkids enjoying all the outdoors offered.

Marlin passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at his home under Hospice care.  He attained the age of 70 years, two months and 14 days. 

He is survived by his wife, Judy; five children: Lisa (David) Hamann of Luverne, Theresa (Kraig) Kellner of Starbuck, Chad (Shelly) Ellingson of Brownton, Marie (Erik) Bedeaux of Minneapolis, and Lance (Sarah) Ellingson of Mound; 15 grandchildren: Erin (Tim), Andrew, Jordan, Justin, Karissa, Jenae, Kynzie, Tyler, Brett, Melanie (William), Emilee, Ella, Hannah, Allison, and Levi; and three great-grandchildren: Kendall, Kade, Jayse; in addition to brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; plus nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Burtland; mother, Ella; stepfather, Kenneth Vaa; four brothers: Kenneth, Edward, Bennett, and Gene; and son, Rick. 

Blessed be the memory of Marlin Ellingson.

Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home. 

Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, 301 Becker Avenue SW, Willmar, MN 56201 or America’s VetDogs 371 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976 .

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