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April 1, 2014

Raymond Ellison

UNIONVILLE — Raymond “Ray” Ellison, 67, of Unionville, passed away March 31, 2014, at his home.

Ray was born June 3, 1946, in Valley City, N.D., to Albert and Mildred (Hansen) Ellison. Following high school, Ray served in the National Guard for six years. He married Shirley Scott Weldon on Feb. 7, 1972.

He was employed with the Burlington Northern Railroad as an IBEW electrician for more than 20 years.

Ray lived an active life while residing in Montana. He was a volunteer firefighter, as well as a search and rescue pilot with the civil air patrol. Ray enjoyed numerous other passions while living out west, such as snow skiing, fly fishing, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park and riding dirt bikes on the mountain trails. He was also a longtime member of the Elks Lodge.

Upon Ray and Shirley’s relocation to Iowa, he engaged in the hobby of bird watching.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ellison of Unionville; three children, Danille (Joe) Kesteloot of Knoxville, Bill (Ginger) Ellison of Kansas City, Mo., and Craig Weldon of Ames; six grandchildren, Chris and Maxine Weldon, Max and Ava Ellison and Joey and Ray Kesteloot; and a brother, Vern (Gwen) Ellison of Tacoma, Wash.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ron Ellison.

A visitation in Ray’s honor will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Moulton First Responders and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544.

Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.

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