Ronald Odell Ellison, age 81, went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 14th, 2020, after a long battle with heart disease.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Leonard Suhr officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday September 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church. Musical selections will be “Amazing Grace”, and “When The Roll Is Called Up Yonde, and "When We All Get To Heaven." Pianist will be Jeanette McLean. Pallbearers will be Brandon Wood, Tanner Wood, Troy Ellison, Wyatt Jensen, Jonathon Jensen, Joey Arkel. Honorary pallbearers will be Autumn Arkel, Brittlyn Deprez, Mallory Jensen, Bethany Deprez, Caitriona Deprez, Kyhler Gibbs and Jennifer Jensen. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, York immediately following the service. Memorials are suggested to the family in lieu of flowers.
Ronald, the eldest son of Ralph and Elsie (Worley) Ellison was born at home in Madison township in Fillmore county Nebraska on February 7, 1939. He attended school district 3 until he was 10 years old when the family moved to a farm outside of Thayer. Ron graduated from Thayer high school in 1957. On June 5, 1959 he was united in marriage to Donna Cline. To this union four daughters were born. The couple resided in York for a year while Ron was employed at the Super Value grocery store. Ron and Donna moved to a farm in Benedict where Ron started his hog operation. The couple were host family to six Japanese men and one from Romania through the UNL Agricultural Training Program. In 1973 the couple bought a farmhouse 4 miles west of Gresham where they still reside. Ron was baptized in the Methodist church and at a young age became a member of the Nazarene church in York. In his later years Ron faithfully attended the Evangelical Free Church in Stromsburg. Ron’s greatest joy was his family and farming from a very young age until his death.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, In-laws Neta and Vernon Cline, two granddaughters Morgan Deprez and Cassie Gibbs, sister Sharon Odle and brothers-in-law Gerald Cline and Rev. Thomas Kelley,
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Donna, daughters Ronda (Greg) Wood of Polk, Cindy (Scott) Jensen of Osceola, Becky (Dan) Deprez of Benedict, Cathy (Clark) Gibbs of Sutton. Grandchildren Brandon (Kari) Wood of Omaha, Autumn (Joey) Arkel of York, Tanner Wood of Polk Jon (Laura) Jensen of Stromsburg, Jennifer Jensen and fiancé Nick Koenig of Lincoln, Wyatt Jensen of Gresham, Mallory Jensen of Osceola, Bethany Deprez of York, Cait and Brittlyn Deprez of Lincoln, and Kyhler Gibbs of Sutton. One great grandson Ace Arkel. Brothers Jerry (Sharon) of York, Gaylord of Thayer, Dale (Michelle) of Yukon, OK; sisters Joyce Kelley of Edmond, OK, Laura Grace (Jack) Fox of Springfield, IL and Jeannette (Rod) Cronan of Plano, TX; brothers-in-law Bob (Marcia) Cline of Central City and Carl Odle of Bethany, OK; sister-in-law Jackie Cline of Columbus and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
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