Ellsworth Mahlum

Ellsworth Mahlum, 85, of Stanley, passed away on Oct. 14, 2013, in a Kenmare hospital.

Ellsworth was born Sept. 1, 1928, on the family homestead south of Blaisdell to Christian and Anna (Grotte) Mahlum. After his mother’s death he was raised by his older sisters and father on the family farm. He attended country schools in the area and worked for his father and neighbors, helping with any farm work involving cattle, threshing and blacksmith work.

In his early 20s Ellsworth was drafted during the Korean War. In the war he drove ammunition trucks between sites loading and unloading the artillery, often in the midst of battle, hoping not to get struck by any fire. It was in the war that Ellsworth became good friends with the brother of his future wife.

After the war, Ellsworth returned to the family homestead and continued farming and helping his father and brother in the blacksmith shop that served area farmers for many years.

On May 11, 1973, Ellsworth married the love of his life, Verlene Maki Sanderson. This union completed his life with two stepchildren, Karen and Dale Sanderson, and later a daughter, Christy.

While raising his family, Ellsworth worked as a carpenter, being one of the best around, always doing every job to perfection. He also drove school bus for 13 years and raised cattle, crops, and big gardens on the same family farm.

In later years, as a hobby, he taught himself small engine repair. Ellsworth also built intricate, beautiful small woodwork such as old-time wagons and sleighs with teams of horses complete with leatherwork he did himself.

He was a member of Shell Creek Lutheran Church, the American Legion Post in Stanley, the Sons of Norway, and later the Golden Age Club. He was dearly loved by his family and many friends who knew him to have a good sense of humor and good-hearted generosity and kindness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters, and two nephews.

He is survived by: his wife, Verlene; children, Karen, Dale (Wendy) and Christy; grandchildren, Heidi, Bobbie Jo, Tyler, Colter, Aurora, and Katy; niece, Helen; great-nephews, Brian, Rick, Matt; and great-niece, Sue.

Funeral Service: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at Shell Creek Lutheran Church, rural Blaisdell.

Visitation: Friday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Springan Funeral Home in Stanley.

Burial is in the church cemetery.

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