Marvin John Ellingson, 82

Published 8:55 am Friday, January 11, 2019

Marvin John Ellingson, 82

Marvin John Ellingson, 82, of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus-Rochester.

Marvin was born Oct. 18, 1936, in Kasson, Minnesota, to Sanford and Ella (Stark) Ellingson. He grew up in Dexter, Minnesota, and graduated from Austin High School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. Marvin married Elaine Richardson (Mucha) on May 21, 1960, and they had five children. They later divorced.

After dating for 21 years, he married Corliss Wagner on Feb. 14, 2009. Together they enjoyed attending car shows, stock car races, auctions and many motorcycle rides. In his younger years, he farmed with his Dad on the family farm in Dexter. “Hillbilly” was an owner operator of Ellingson Trucking for 45 years and loved his time on the road. Marvin loved spending time with his many friends; he couldn’t go anywhere without running into a familiar face. He was a wonderful Dad and you could count on a weekly call or for him to drop in for a visit. He loved each and every one of his grandchildren with his whole heart and was a kid at heart when he was around them.

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He is survived by his beloved wife, Corliss; brothers, Stuart (Kaye) Ellingson and Ellsworth (Ann) Ellingson; five children, Richard (Brenda), Waltham, Minnesota, Steven Ellingson, Austin, Susan (Todd) Haroldson, Albert Lea, Minnesota, Sheri (Scott) Oakland, Brownsdale, Minnesota, and Kristine (Sean) Brink, Albert Lea; stepdaughter, Lorri (Matt) Talberg; 13 grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Jeff, Samantha, Naomi, Stephanie, Jessie, Aronn, Tyler, Jackie, Elisa, Kameron and Nicholas; and 11 great-grandchildren.

We know your time on earth is finished and you are in heaven driving a semi, driving through unlimited car lots and taking long Harley rides, but you will be missed by so many!

A Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Brownsdale with the Rev. Lisa Vick officiating. Friends may call from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday at Mayer Funeral Home and also one hour before the service on Sunday at the church. Condolences may be left online at