Let the memory of Ellion be with us forever.

OCT 3, 1940 – DEC 17, 2018

Ellion was born October 3rd, 1940, in Robbinsdale, MN, and was raised on farms in southern Minnesota.  He attended a single-room school, graduated from Kenyon High School, and attended the University of Minnesota for two years.  He then served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather observer at several bases in the U.S. and at Kusan Air Base, Korea.  He was honorably discharged in 1965.

Ellion received his BA from Winona State University and married Sharon Iverson in Hayward, MN, in 1966.  They raised three children:  Sherida, Kevin, and Joshua. 

He worked in the Twin Cities area and then for the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue in Eau Claire, WI, from 1975 to 2000 while living on a 40-acre hobby farm outside of Mondovi, WI.  Upon retirement he moved to Payson, AZ, where he enjoyed traveling, hiking, walking and playing golf until 2017 when his health began to decline. 

He died at home of natural causes, living life on his own terms.  He is survived by children: Sherida Bornfleth (Richard Glowacki) of Seattle, WA, Kevin (Kristin) Bornfleth of Prior Lake, MN, and Joshua Madson of Shakopee, MN; siblings: Leslie R. (Diane) Bornfleth, Karen Morehouse ,and Judith (Gordon) Stanley; and four grandchildren: Emma Bornfleth, Ryan Bornfleth, Autumn Madson, and Connor Madson, as well as many more family and friends. 

Ellion was preceded in death by parents Leslie and Aino Bornfleth; siblings William Bornfleth, Randall Bornfleth, and Renee Madson; and nephew Nathaniel Madson. 

A memorial and interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN, in spring 2019.  We will post details when the dates and times have been arranged for the memorial gatherings in Minnesota and Payson. .

Posted by Jan Hanna-Simon on 8th January 2019
I got to know Ellion in a hiking group in Payson. We became part of a group that hiked, played cards, and traveled. He was there for me when I went through bad times and we also shared many good times. A good man. I moved from Payson over 10 years ago but we still kept in touch for awhile. I was sorry to hear about his death. I will always have good memories of him.
Posted by Karem Morehouse on 3rd January 2019
Ellion loved Arizona and he loved Payson. We spent many Cristmas' together in the last years. He enjoyed picking fruit from my trees to share wiith neighbors in Payson. When I last spoke with him on the phone, he had just returned from the care center. The last words that he said to me was "I'm happy'>
Posted by Gordon Stanley on 2nd January 2019
Ellion was a great brother-in-law and always made me feel that I was part of the family. He was easy going and easy to be around. I wish I could have spent more time with him. I’ll miss him.
Posted by Judith Stanley on 2nd January 2019
It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my dear brother. Ellion was next oldest to me - so many memories. One childhood memory from our life on the farm in Minnesota - Ross and Karen were off to high school, while Ellion and I attended country school 1 mile away. For some reason we had only one girls' bike. Who gets to ride it to school? Ellion "bucked" me while I sat on the seat - it shortened the commute for both of us, but it must have tired him out. He didn't complain - he was like that. He was there for me.
Posted by Steven Larrabee on 31st December 2018
I first met Ellion around 1980 at a Department function. Later, I worked directly with him on a daily basis for the nine years preceding his retirement. Ellion was an all-around good guy who was always had a smile. I will dearly miss him. Steven M Larrabee

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