Martin W. Ellingson, 86, went to meet his heavenly Father on Sun., Nov. 29, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in De Smet, S.D. A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Wed., Dec. 2, 2020, at Grace Point Wesleyan Church, Brookings, with Pastor Matt Douglas officiating. Burial followed at the Lake Preston Cemetery, Lake Preston, S.D. Visitation was Tues., Dec. 1, 2020, at Osthus Funeral Home, De Smet. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Gideon’s and the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International.
Martin was born on June 11, 1934, to Elmer and Loretta (Gastineau) Ellingson. He grew up on the family farm east of Lake Preston. He attended school at Baker #5 Country School. Martin met his sweetheart MaryAnn Iverson, and they were married on May 4, 1957. Martin was drafted into the Army and was stationed at the Army base in Giessen, Germany, from 1957-1959.
Martin loved his family and devoted his life to them. He enjoyed farm life. He milked cows, raised pigs and farmed the ground. After retiring from farming, Martin took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a field supervisor for data collection for 15 years. It allowed him to stay active in the farming community. Martin and MaryAnn served 23 years with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers from 1994-2017. They attended the Farm Shows in Vermillion, Sioux Falls and Mitchell. Martin witnessed to many people about Salvation in Christ. Martin enjoyed his morning devotions with MaryAnn, and they prayed for each family and everyone on their prayer list every day.
Martin is survived by his loving and devoted wife, MaryAnn, of 63 years; his children, Gary (Donna) Ellingson of Mitchell, Barb (Roger) Jones of Lake Preston, Marily (Tim) Waite of Florence, Caryn (Jim) Claassen of Sioux Falls and Marsha (Eric) Dargatz of Watertown; nine grandchildren, Jarrod Ellingson, Nate Jones, Dustin Jones, Felicia Noonan, Shauna Van Dusseldorp, Jocelyn Starr, Aron Claassen, Brianna Claassen and Collin Claassen; seventeen great grandchildren and two on the way; brothers, Jerry (Betty) Ellingson, Leslie (Delores) Ellingson, Arlie (Pam) Ellingson; sisters-in-law, Connie (Larry) Cheney and Betty Iverson; brother-in-law, Maurice Hale; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lorretta, his mother and father-in-law, and other relatives.