Richard (Rich) L. Ellstrom, age 75, of Baxter, passed away on May 21, 2018, at home surrounded by family. Rich was born on April 11, 1943 to Edna (Julin) and Joseph Ellstorm in Bagley, MN.
Rich lived and worked in the Brainerd lakes area for most of his life. He worked for the Brainerd BNSF Railroad for 10 years and then transitioned into Property Maintenance for Geodker Property Management for the rest of his working career and retired from it. He maintained a home with his daughter Melonie. On October 25, 1980 he married Lynn (Hollingsworth). Rich and Lynn were happily married for almost 38 years. Rich was always the life of the party and had friends far and wide. He made a lasting impression with everyone he met. Rich loved gatherings with family and friends. He was a wonderful and loving Husband, Dad, and Papa.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Lynn; daughter, Melonie (Rob Stevens) Ellstrom of Brainerd; grandchildren: River, Indigo, Clover, and Blossom; brothers: Ron Ellstrom of Browerville, Ken (Yvonne) Ellstrom of Brainerd; sister, Susie (Ray Ruby) Kaminski of Columbus, WI; mother-in-law, Gert Hollingsworth of Baxter; fur babies, Chopper, Dayzy Mae, and Lucy Lu; sister-in-law, Judith (Roger) Dooley, of Turlock CA; and several nieces and nephews
Rich was preceded in death by his parents.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home-BRAINERD CHAPEL, from 1:00-3:30pm followed by a memorial service at 3:30pm.
Private interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home
BRAINERD CHAPEL 218-829-3581