Kenneth L. Ellsworth, age 68, went home to be with his Lord on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003 in Austin, Texas.
Kenneth LeRoy Ellsworth was born to George Colby Ellsworth and Della Mae (Cunningham) Ellsworth in Woonsocket, S.D. He married Barbara Ann Jones on Aug. 25, 1954. He spent his first 23 years in South Dakota then moved his young family to Iowa where he spent the next 30 years. Ken worked during his life as a rancher, farmer, salesman, manager, investment broker and retirement home administrator. He was the current administrator of Continental Retirement Residence and former administrator of Englewood Estates in Austin, Texas. Austin had been his home for the past eight years.
He was a warm and caring husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle who loved life. He enjoyed time with his family, boating, skiing, and bridge. He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church. He served his Lord as a Sunday school teacher, deacon and a friend to all. He will be truly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Ken is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara, his children; Ken Jr. and wife Becki, of Tifton, Ga., Roxane Ellsworth Smith of Hot Springs, Ark., Randy and wife Nancy, Mark and wife Dusti, Stacey Ellsworth Nash and husband Dave and Ryan and his wife Jamie, all of Austin, Texas, and son-in-law, Jay Wagner of Spencer. Grandchildren include Matt Langel and wife Randi, Mick Langel and wife Nutcharee Lea, John Wagner, Amy Smith Stewart and husband Jon, Jamie, Jackie, Jenna, Brandi, and Jeremy Ellsworth and Delaney and Cassidy Nash. Great-grandchildren include Matilynn and Jet Langel and Alex Stewart. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Aaron and wife Rita, Patricia Shaw and husband Jasper, Bob and wife Bernice, Karen Kroning and husband Bob, Janice Moncur and husband Gene, and Barbara Slunecka and husband Gordon; brother-in-law Bob Jones and wife Karen, and sisters-in-law Carol Jones and husband Floyd, Dawn Lanstrom and Marian Thompson and husband Aaron. He was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to count.
His daughter, Rhonda Wagner and his parents preceded him in death
Services will be at 6:30 today (Wednesday) at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, Texas.
A Prayer service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at Reck Funeral Home in Miller, S.D. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Miller, with burial following at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miller.
Arrangements are by Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, Texas.