Ryan Ellefson, 45, died Saturday, July 4, 2009 at his residence in Red Lake Falls, MN.
Funeral service will be 11 AM, Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with Reverend Gary Graff officiating. Burial will be at Dorothy Cemetery, Dorothy, MN.
Visitation will be 5 â 8 PM, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Red Lake Falls, MN with a 7 PM prayer service and for one hour prior to the funeral, Wednesday.
Ryan Clyde Ellefson was born January 20, 1964 at Bethesda in Crookston, MN, the son of Clyde Elroy and Darlene Gail (Sabo) Ellefson. He was baptized at Calvary Lutheran Church, St. Hilaire, MN and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran, Red Lake Falls, MN. He attended Hughes Elementary and Lafayette High School, Red Lake Falls. He also attended Thief River Falls Technical College.
On April 6, 1984, Ryan was united in marriage to Christine Marie Wavra at St. Dorothyâs Catholic Church, Dorothy, MN.
Ryan was employed at Riverview Healthcare, Grove Motor Sports and R&C Cleaners. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and family. He liked hunting and fishing and taking his dog Lucy with him in the van, and making people laugh.
He is survived by wife, Christine, Red Lake Falls, MN; 4 children: Seth (Nicole) Ellefson, Kurtis (LeAnn) Ellefson, Cassandra (special friend, Bret Blankenfeld) Ellefson and Nickolas Ellefson; 2 grandchildren: Rylee Ellefson and Jayden Ellefson and expectant baby in October, Baya Jean Blankenfeld; mother, Darlene Ellefson, Moorhead, MN; brother and sisters: Valerie Ellefson, Moorhead, Rhonda Ellefson, Fargo, ND, Randy (Kara) Ellefson Hawley, MN ; nieces, Jenna and Jillian Bethke and Benjamin and Mira Ellefson; an aunt: Darleen Lindom, Thief River Falls, MN; uncles: Larry Pittman, Thief River Falls, MN and Roger Pittman, Goodridge, MN; brother-in-law, Steve Bethke, Fargo, ND and many other nieces and nephews.
Ryan was preceded in death by daughter, Erin Ellefson; father, Clyde; grandparents, Clarence and Cora Ellefson and Gladys Pittman; sister, Shelly Ellefson.
SOLOIST: Kara Ellefson
SELECTIONS: Finally Home and I Can Only Imagine
CONGREGATIONAL HYMANS: On Eagles Wings and Amazing Grace
CASKETBEARERS: Seth Ellefson, Kurt Ellefson, Nickolas Ellefson, Bret Blankenfeld, Steve Grove and Lionel Sandness