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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Douglas Ellison

Douglas Ellison

Friday, July 4th, 1969 - Thursday, July 9th, 2020
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Doug Ellison died July 9, 2020 at his home in Wakonda, SD. He had recently turned 51 years old.
Doug was born July 4, 1969, in Vermillion, SD. For his parents and 2 ½ year old sister he was a handful but lots of fun and unusually independent. As he grew older, his curiosity and love of life were apparent to all who met him. He loved a good story and could often be found telling one.
He attended Vermillion schools and, given his love of cars, went on to trade school in Sheldon, IA. He stayed beyond graduation, working at the grain elevator and with a local electrician. His greater joy there, however, was meeting and marrying Nancy Auchstetter and starting a family with her. They enjoyed the support of both families as they established their home and began raising their two boys, Mitch and Tim. New fatherhood brought out some of his tenderest moments including taking his new sons door to door to proudly introduce them to the neighbors.
Throughout his life he enjoyed the outdoors, even more so if a camper or engine were involved. It started with dirt bikes and go-karts when he was little and grew to encompass boats, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.
He fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving home to work the family farm and was happy for his boys to have that experience. He later went out on his own and with his second wife Terri enjoyed creative projects and making plans to remodel the house in which they lived in Wakonda.
Doug is survived by his sons Mitch (wife Jackie, son Tucker) and Tim; parents Erlin and Marilyn Ellison; sister Gwen Ellison; and Terri Johnson.
Due to Covid-19, Doug’s memorial service will be held at a later time.
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Lisa K. Oligmueller

Posted at 11:47pm
My deepest sympathies and condolences for all of Doug's family, n friends.
Im still in shock from hearing of his loss, i met him online and we became good friends. He was such an inspiring and helped me stay on a positive journey and I loved hearing from him and all the funny things he would send me and his stories were always so wonderful and very funny....
I had yet to meet him in person to go for a motorcycle ride....Doug is riding free watching over all of us, he is going to b forever missed so very much, may u rest in peace Doug....
Lisa K. Oligmueller

Jodi (Sternquist) O'Keefe

Posted at 04:09pm
Erlin, Marilyn, Gwen and Doug's extended family: my sincere condolences to all of at this time. Doug and I shared the same hospital when we were born and then fast forward to 7th grade when Marilyn would become my teacher, which was special since she and mom had known each other for so many years. May Doug rest in peace.

Alicia Hardesty

Posted at 03:09am
I'm another friend of Doug's whom he met through an online game community. Doug was immediately a friendly and funny teammate and then friend. Doug and I had some good talks via messenger and game chats and his presence has been immediately and greatly missed by his gaming family. We will all think of him often. My heart is still heavy since hearing of Doug's passing and I still struggle to accept it. My sincere condolences to Doug's family, we stand with you in your loss. All of you are in my thoughts going forward. I hope you find peace in knowing that Doug is in a greater place now and watching over all of us until we can be with him again. God Bless you all. I'm sure gonna miss you Danger.! -Quaint-

Joy Quackenbush

Posted at 06:19pm
I met Doug through an online game over the past year. He was so funny and such a great person we instantly became friends. He always lifted my spirits and would make me laugh with the silliest jokes and comments. I will always consider him a great friend that I was lucky to meet. Doug, buddy you will be missed!💖

Cath Dunning

Posted at 02:32pm
Deepest sympathies to all Doug’s family and friends. It was such a shock to learn of his passing. He was a larger than life character, with such a sense of fun and humour. His loss will be felt by us all. Good night and God Bless you Doug x

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