Ellis Halgrimson

Ellis Halgrimson

Ellis Halgrimson

Ellis Owen Halgrimson, 79, passed away November 18,2020, in Mesa, Arizona while in comfort care in the loving presence of his daughters.

Interment will take place in Bemidji, Minnesota. A date has yet to be determined.

He was born in Powers Lake, November 17, 1941, to Esther (Schroeder) Halgrimson and Oscaar C. Halgrimson. He grew up in McGregor, enjoying the many freedoms of a small town.

As a young man he worked with his parents in their grocery store and with his dad, often assembling farm machinery for Simon Berg Company. He also worked summers on nearby farms.

Ellis was on the high school basketball team that gave the community excitement during the 1957-1958 winter. Winning district tournament entitled the team to go to the state tournament in Jamestown. Many local residents followed and gave them support when they finished sixth place. This was a special memory for Ellis. He graduated from high school in 1958, and attended Minot State College, majoring in education.

In 1964, Ellis and Pam Rykken, from Tioga, were married and they moved to Haliday for his first teaching job. They were blessed with a daughter, Saundra.

Ellis continued his education at NDSU receiving a masters degree in education. While in Fargo he was often with his extended family members. They nicknamed him “Al”, a name that lasted. He received a contract with Bemidji, Minnesota school systems, teaching mathematics and later toured the district in a bus instructing teachers how to use the “new” computers. He was dedicated to his career.

His first marriage ended in divorce. In 1976, he married Catherine Comartin, a professional ice skater. he was involved in the skating shows, working with the sound system, decorations and anything else that needed to be done. They were blessed with two daughters, Carrie and Stacy. After retiring he and Cathy often traveled to San Diego to help in the family’s travel business.

Following Cathy’s death in 2007, Al sold their home in Bemidji, Minnesota and moved to Arizona to be near his daughters. In time he purchased a home in a retirement community. He endured his affliction to Ataxia by following his passion for sports on TV. His favorite teams were the Twins, Vikings and Arizona Cardinals. When asked about his favorite sports though without hesitation he would answer “college basketball”.

He is survived by sister Jewel (Halgrimson) Suddreth; daughters, Saundar Halgrimson, Carrie (Halgrimsom) Woolley, Stacy (Halgrimson) Bolen; sons-in law Dan Woolley, Josh Bolen; granddaughter Catherine Bolen; grandson Crosby Bolen; step-grandsons, Carson and Caden Woolley; numerous nieces and nephews, their children and many friends.

Al was preceded in death by parents, his beloved wife Cathy, sister Ardella (Halgrimson) Miller, and brothers-in law Eathen Miller and Jack Sudreth.

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