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Arvid Theodore ELLESTAD

Male 1916 - 2008  (91 years)


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  • Name Arvid Theodore ELLESTAD 
    Born 7 Oct 1916  North Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On his marriage record, his birthplace appears to be Dunn Center
    Gender Male 
    Closeness to Ove Ovesen 11 
    Died 13 Aug 2008  Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • SSDI last residence
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    • His occupation was millwright on his marriage record.

      Arvid T. Ellestad, 91, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather died surrounded by his family on August 13, 2008, at Skagit Valley Hospital after a brief illness.

      Arvid was born October 1, 1916 in Dunn Center, North Dakota and was baptized in the Normana Lutheran Church. By the age of eight, he was plowing fields with a team of five horses.

      A year later, he and his family moved to the Skagit Valley area and they continued the family trade of farming with the help of their gifted son Arvid. He grew up here helping and supporting his family in farming.

      Arvid worked for several years at Leckenby Seed Co. He then began practicing carpentry in Skagit Valley until his retirement. He was highly talented in his skills and was known as a "true Norwegian Craftsman."

      This craftsmanship was carried over into everything he did which was done to perfection including the building of their family home. Ho loved working and puttering around in his shop.

      Arvid had an uncanny sense of quietly caring for others and was sensitive to the needs of all. His daily actions instilled a sense of tradition and values in his children and grandchildren that they will carry with them the rest of their lives. A man of few words, he was always gave quiet but sound advice. His smile was contagious, his nature was gentle and he was always a good and sincere listener.

      Arvid and Lola were married for almost sixty-six years and loved to dance. Their home was the gathering place for his numerous cousins and friends before Saturday night dances and holidays. For many years they could be found at the Elks Club or other dance halls enjoying ballroom dancing.

      They were active in the First Lutheran Church where Arvid was confirmed. They also belonged to the Mount Vernon Elks Club, the Good Sam Club and the Blomsterdal Lodge of the Sons of Norway. They spent numerous summers enjoying camping at their lot on Lost Lake at Camano Island.

      He was preceded in death by his parent, Tom and Hannah (Larson) Ellestad; five brothers and sisters, Stella, Olive, Kendal, Ralph and Wynn Louise; and an infant daughter, Arvida Rae.

      Survivors are his wife, Lola; three children, Janet Ellestad Shadle, Jim and Marian Ellestad, Larry and Kathy Ellestad; seven adoring grandchildren, David Shadle, Susan Shadle Miller, Riki Ellestad Nagler, Jaime Ellestad, Michael Ellestad, Meg Ellestad and Mark Ellestad; and eight great-grandchildren.
    Person ID I7015  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2020 

    Father Thomas A ELLESTAD,   b. 27 Feb 1885, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1941, Skagit County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Hannah LARSON,   b. Abt 1883, South Dakota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1951, Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 1909 
    Family ID F1416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family L.M. WOOD 
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F5369  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart