Ronald Raymond Ellsworth (October 20, 2019)

Ronald Ellsworth photoSeptember 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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14 Responses to Ronald Raymond Ellsworth (October 20, 2019)

  1. Peg Thomsen says:

    Damon & Chad – very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Peg Kenkel-Thomsen

  2. Bonnie J Cornelius says:

    Peggy and family, so sorry for your loss. Ron and Bonnie (Branning) Cornelius.

  3. Pat Shelton says:

    Mrs. Ellsworth (Peg) and the entire Ellsworth family,
    It has taken me several days to process the passing of such a distinguished man as Mr. Ellsworth. My memories of him are numerous and make me smile! From taking him down off the cross (he was Jesus and I was the mean Roman solider) during the Easter play, to frequent nights raiding the Ellsworth refrigerator or asking when he was going to make chili, along with learning to play pitch or freezing our toes off during the Christmas alley nativity scene. Each and every memory lifts my spirits. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized what a compassionate man he was and how many lives he touched by his actions.

    May you all find peace and his memories bring a smile to your face during his passing. May his soul soar to the great heights he earned by his actions on earth. Safe travels Captain Ron

    Love Pat, Jennifer, Zach, Andrew, Anna, and Ian

  4. Mary Armentrout says:

    Ron was a kind man. May he rest in peace. Randy and Mary Armentrout

  5. Elizabeth T McKinley says:

    Peace, love and condolences to Peggy, Beth and the Ellsworth clan at the loss of your dad. I have warm, fond, happy memories of your dad from our youth. May God bless you and help you find comfort in each other as you keep your dad’s story alive, knowing that he lovingly watches over you. God bless. RIP.

  6. Tracy Hale says:

    My condolences to all the family, I met Ron when he visited Ireland in 2004. I am thinking of you all at this very sad time. Tracy Hale

  7. Sanda Sindt says:

    So sorry for your loss!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!!

  8. Carrie Brant Grote says:

    I have too many great memories to share he was a great neighbor and a awesome father figure. R I.P. Ron. I will miss dearly.

  9. Ron and Susie Schilling says:

    So many great memories of our special Brother-in-law Ron. A fun loving guy and a good friend. RIP Ron, you will be missed by many! Love and sympathy to the entire family.

  10. Debbie Gravley says:

    So very sorry for your loss Gary and the Ellsworth family.

  11. Rita Brown says:

    Chad and family so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for each of you .

  12. Stuart Ballinger says:

    To Peggy Ellsworth & Family; Extended Family & Friends,

    We recently learned of the death of your spouse, father and friend, Ronald. Our family has suffered through a similar moment and we know there really are no words that fit such a loss.

    We pray for the soul of your loved one and place our trust in God in this matter, that God is just and fair. We hope and pray he has gone to his just reward!

    God Bless You All with comfort and peace in this time of mourning,

    Ally, Peggy and Stu Ballinger

  13. Deb McNeese says:

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .

  14. Sally Carter says:

    So sorry.???

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