Richard Ellison, 85, died Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A private family graveside service will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. A celebration of life will be held later in the summer when all our lives return to normal after COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, has taken Dick and his family into their care.

Surviving is a son, Tony (Tammy); six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Susie; and three children, Jody, Terri (Wes) and Tracey; and 11 siblings, Clayton, Betty, Ruby, Carl, Leona, Jean, Robert, Darrell, Lori, Arlene and Franklin.

Richard Gale Ellison was born May 19, 1934, in Oelwein. He was the son of Ode and Ruth (Snyder) Ellison. Dick attended the Oran, Iowa Schools and the Monticello Community Schools. He started farming with his father in Castle Grove Township, near Monticello. Richard Ellison married Susanna Mary Hasler on Sept. 26, 1954, at the Evangelical Reform Church, Monticello. They farmed in Castle Grove Township and Jackson Township before purchasing their farm in Wayne Township in 1980. In retirement, Dick worked part-time driving for Swiss Valley Ag Service in the spring and fall.

Dick enjoyed going to farm sales and restoring old Farmall Tractors. He still owned his father’s first tractor, a Farmall 560.

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