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Lloyd Ellingworth Jr.

Lloyd Edwin Ellingworth Jr., 69, of Wadena and New York Mills, passed away March 26, 2009, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.

He was born March 22, 1940, at home in Oak Valley Township, rural Wadena, to Lloyd Edwin Sr. and Francis Barbara (Zimmerman) Ellingworth. He grew up in the Wadena area and attended school in Wadena. From Oct. 17, 1957, to March 8, 1961, he served in the Navy. He was employed seasonally in Alaska where he worked on the railroad and did construction in the Anchorage area. During the off season he returned to Wadena where he was employed at Homecrest. On April 23, 1966, he married Carmen Kaye Hertzberg at St. Helen's Episcopal Church in Wadena. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Scott and Lisa. He and Carmen made their home for a short time in Alaska and Crystal, Minn. In 1969, they moved to New York Mills where he was employed by Merickel's Lumber in Wadena and then began dairy farming, retiring in 1994. He loved his grandchildren, pulling pranks on his family and their favorite yearly trip to Medora. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting trips out west to Wyoming and Montana.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, with the Rev. Gunnard Heikkila officiating. The pallbearers were Jay Leaderbrand, Gary Leaderbrand, Wayne Leaderbrand, Russell Olson, Raymond Ellingworth, Jr., Steven Bentley and Chuck Pentilla. He was laid to rest in Leaf River Cemetery, Wadena. Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills. Condolences may be sent online at

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carmen Ellingworth of New York Mills; son, Scott (Chris) Ellingworth of Brooklyn Park; daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Holm of Wadena; five grandchildren; mother-in-law, Annie Hertberg of New York Mills; siblings, Darlene Airhart of Wadena, Ramona (Martin) Olson of Menahga, Ray Sr. (Susan) Ellingworth of New York Mills, Marlyce (Jack) Carter of St. Cloud, Bernice (Nibs) Lorentz of Wadena, Peggy (Gerald) Porter of Deer Creek, John (Debbie) Ellingworth of Hudson; sister-in-law, Delores Rentz of Verndale; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Warren; infant brother, Norman; and infant sister, Janice.