HANSKA - Phillip Ellanson, 94, of Hanska died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska with Reverend Bonnie Roys officiating. Burial will follow in the Linden Cemetery in Linden Township with full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Monday. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for his family, go to www.mvfh.org.
Phillip was born Aug. 4, 1918 to Peter and Pauline (Odegard) Ellanson. He attended District 7 School through the 8th grade when he began to work as a farm hand for various farmers in the area. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received the Purple Heart for serious wounds received during the Battle of Saipan in the South Pacific. After his honorable discharge, he returned home and farmed the home farm in Linden Township, Brown County for many years. Phillip also worked as a custodian at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis and 3M in New Ulm, as well as a groundskeeper at Mankato State University in Mankato. He also had his own house and barn painting business.
Phillip enjoyed dancing, visiting, playing cards, old time music, Ford cars, and the Minnesota Vikings. He was a member of the Linden Lutheran church in Linden Township, Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska, Hanska American Legion, DAV, and VFW.
Phillip is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Leatrice Ellanson of New Ulm; many nieces; nephews; grand and great grandnieces and grandnephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Kjelshus, Myrtle Ouren, Ruth Alt; brothers, Horace and Bert Ellanson. Memorials are preferred to the DAV, the American Cancer Society, and Oak Hills Living Center.