Ronald Edward Ellison

ronald ellison

August 17, 1938 ~ November 5, 2020

Born in: Henley, Nebraska
Resided in: Colorado City, Colorado

Ronald Edward Ellison, 82, ~ Ronnie, Red, Ron, Grandpa ~ left us Thursday evening, November 5th, 2020, surrounded by people who love him. He is remembered by his wife Diane; his children, Dana and Michael; his grandchildren, Amanda, Rebecca and Austin; his sisters, Jeri Ottem, Judy Brown and Robin Martin; and his many friends. A world traveler, ace pitcher, and champion golfer, Ron was always at home here, on the great Colorado plains, admiring the view. Ron was born in Hendley, NB and raised in Yoder, CO where he graduated from Yoder High School. After serving in the USAF abroad from 1957-1961, he returned home to study at Colorado State College, where he met Diane. They were married on August 7th, 1963, in Anchorage, AK. After completing his degree in 1965, he went to work for State Farm and later United Airlines as a systems analyst and computer programmer, retiring in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; his mother, Jackie; his step-father, Dutch Weissenfluh; his brothers-in-law, Eric Ottem and Bill Brown; and his dog, Muggs.
Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at Rye United Methodist Church in Rye, Colorado. Online condolences,



Memorial Service: November 10, 2020 11:00 am

Rye United Methodist Church
2063 Main Street
Rye, CO 81069


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  1. I’m so saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. I have fond memories of our time in Lakewood, Iowa and with the Jaycees. My condolences to family and friends.

  2. Dear Diane and family, I am saddened by your loss and grieve with you. I went to Miami-Yoder with Ron, 6th thru 12th grade; and remember his love of baseball. Ron was quiet and rather shy, but always respectful to everyone.
    I treasure the memory of my visit to your new home, our golf game followed by lunch together in the club house.
    Ron will be sadly missed by all who were blessed by his life.

  3. So sorry for your loss, Diane. The thing I remember most about “Red” was his baseball playing abilities. Even though I haven’t seen him much in the years after high school, I will miss him.

    Norma Jenkins

  4. My most sincere sympathy and prayers go to his wife Diane and her family. Ron was a wonderful and very helpful neighbor, and a great person who loved his wife and family very much. He is now in a better place resting… and free from pain.

  5. Diana, you have our deepest sympathy. I will remember Ron as a good friend and a quiet gentleman. We have a lot of good memories with you and Ron. Sending our prayers love and hugs.

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