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Ronald Raymond Ellsworth

d. October 20, 2019

September 7, 1943 ~ October 20, 2019


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2:00 – 8:00 PM

Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.

Harlan, IA

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Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Funeral Home


Thursday, October 24, 2019

11:00 AM

St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Harlan, IA

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Wife – Peggy Ellsworth of Corley, IA

Son – Damon (Partner, Tammy Nelson) Ellsworth of Harlan, IA

Daughter – Beth Ellsworth of Harlan, IA

Son – Chad (Collen) Ellsworth of Lubbock, TX

Son – Dan (Missy) Ellsworth of Erie, CO

Son – Darrin (Amy) Ellsworth of Ely, IA

Son – Ben Ellsworth of Colorado Springs, CO

Brother – Gary (Barb) Ellsworth of Hillsboro, OR

Sister – Judy (Henry) Scheffler of Harlan, IA

Sister – Joyce Rabenberg of Armour, SD

Brother – Mark (Marsha) Ellsworth of Omaha, NE

8 Grandchildren

Other Relatives & Friends

Beloved Dog – Jake

Ronald “Ron” Raymond Ellsworth, son of Robert Raymond and Gwendolyn Rose (Becker) Ellsworth, was born on September 7, 1943, in Bison, South Dakota. He attended and graduated from Armour, South Dakota. After pursuing secondary education in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to become an x-ray technician, Ron moved to Harlan, Iowa, where he began working for Myrtue Medical Center. He was employed there for more than 25 years. Ron then worked on a portable MRI unit until his retirement in 2007.

On March 27, 1965, Ron married Peggy Jeannine Grundmeier at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. The couple lived in a number of homes in Harlan, with the children growing up mainly in a house on 8th Street. They moved to their current home in Corley, Iowa, in 1990.

Ron was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Harlan. An active individual, Ron was often found doing landscaping and helping Peggy tend flowers in the garden. Ron liked fishing, spending time with friends, and watching the New York Yankees play baseball. He refinished furniture and could brew a good beer. Ron liked to welcome family and friends to his home, and also took pleasure in traveling to see them in places like Okoboji, Oregon, Maine, and Ireland.

Ron R. Ellsworth died on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at his home in Corley, Iowa. He had reached the age of 76 years, 1 month, and 13 days.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Karin Hazard. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Ellsworth of Corley, Iowa; one daughter and five sons, Damon (partner, Tammy Nelson) Ellsworth and Beth Ellsworth, both of Harlan, Iowa, Chad (Collen) Ellsworth of Lubbock, Texas, Dan (Missy) Ellsworth of Erie, Colorado, Darrin (Amy) Ellsworth of Ely, Iowa, and Ben Ellsworth of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two brothers and two sisters, Gary (Barb) Ellsworth of Hillsboro, Oregon, Judy (Henry) Scheffler of Harlan, Iowa, Joyce Rabenberg of Armour, South Dakota, and Mark (Marsha) Ellsworth of Omaha, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; other relatives and friends; and last but not least, his beloved dog, Jake.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Harlan, Iowa, with Father John Frost celebrating. John Rosman served as the musician. Casket bearers were Ben Ellsworth, Dan Ellsworth, Curtis Nelson, Chad Ellsworth, Damon Ellsworth, and Darrin Ellsworth. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at
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