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William E. Ellsworth

William Ellsworth obituary photoWilliam E. Ellsworth Jr., 71, of Huron, South Dakota passed into the presence of his Savior, Jesus Christ on June 5, 2009, at the age of 71, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.   A celebration of life service was held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, June 9th, at Huron Mission Church with Rev. Richard Birr and Rev. Jonathan Wiggins officiating.  Burial was in the Huron Mission Church Section of Ideal Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Huron Regional Medical Center Hospice or Gideons International.  

William E. Ellsworth was born November 7, 1937 in Pierre, South Dakota to William E. and Cedella (Bendix) Ellsworth Sr.  His growing up years were spent in Highmore, South Dakota.

After high school graduation in 1955, Bill attended Northern State College for one year and also served eight years in the South Dakota National Guard.  Bill enjoyed camping, crossword puzzles, golf and all sports, music and singing solos and in quartets as well as baking cookies.  Bill also was an accomplished boxer, winning the South Dakota Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship in 1959.

On June 18, 1960 Bill was united in marriage to Janice M. Mallery at Sisseton, South Dakota.  Together Bill and Jan raised three children:  Lori and Jonathan Wiggins of Appleton, Wisconsin, Brian and Joy Ellsworth of Lakeville, Minnesota, and Todd and Pennie Ellsworth of Huron.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren, one sister, Ruth Gramberg of Milbank, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Bill worked for a number of years as a baker.  He also worked at Northwest Pipe Fittings, at Coborn’s as bakery manager and at Huron Custom Meats.  Bill was a member of Huron Mission Church and served as an Elder, Governing Board member and treasurer and on the Northwestern (C&MA) District Executive Committee.  Bill was also very involved with The Gideons International, serving as a local and state officer.

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