William “Bill” Carl Ellingson, age 90, of Ashland, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at his residence. He was born April 11, 1922 in his grandmother’s house in Ashland, which in the same neighborhood where he lived most of his adult life. His parents were Carl and Mary (Perinier) Ellingson, but Bill was raised by the most important person in his life, his Grandma, whom he called Gram.
Bill served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1942 to 1945. He served in the First Ranger Battalion – which was an elite special operations unit. He was a prisoner of war and was put to work on a potato farm in Germany from January 1944 to May 1945. While in the service, he received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service medal and four Overseas Service Bars. Bill had many stories to tell about his service during the war, but he was always so humble about what he did for his country. After leaving the service, he worked at OK Auto Parts on Second Street in Ashland, later for Stadler Plumbing and then for the Ashland Water Company, from which he retired from.
Many people would remember Bill as the man who walked around Ashland with his neighbors Golden Retriever “Babe”. They would even walk to Washburn together and people would often call him “the walking man”. The last few years he could be seen holding his walking stick doing what he loved. Many people enjoyed listening to his many stories about Ashland and he was like a walking history book of Ashland.
He touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. Bill was always there to lend a hand to family, friends or neighbors and even received the “Good Neighbor” Award for his kindness. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his sister, Sister Mary Martin of Tinley Park, IL and many other friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Pat and Tom Ellingson and a sister, Dorothy Ellingson.
A graveside service and interment will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland. The Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Regional Hospice or to the Ashland Animal Shelter. To view this obituary online, sign the guestbook or express online condolences, visit us at www.bratleyfamilyfuneralhomes.com