Arlen Ellingson, 48 of Wahpeton, ND, passed away surrounded by his family, on Sunday, December 25, 2022 in Sanford on Broadway, under the care of Hospice, in Fargo, ND. His funeral service will be held at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home in Wahpeton, on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at Noon, with visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at a later date in St. Paul’s Cemetery, east of Mooreton, ND. Arrangements have been entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Arlen Noel Ellingson, son of Janice (Tarnasky) Ellingson and the late Wayne Noel Ellingson was born on October 23, 1974, at Breckenridge, MN. He grew up on the Ellingson farm near Mooreton, ND. He attended school in Wyndmere, ND, graduating in 1993, from Woodrow Wilson High School in Fargo, ND.
He lived in Fargo and worked at Jiffy Lube and did drywall and painting for over 15 years. He married Lizza Barnes in July of 2000, they made their home in the country near Pelican Rapids, MN. He continued to work in Fargo and eventually moved there in 2005.
In 2007, he met Lisa Wendlick, and helped her raise her 2 boys, Isaac (3) and Dustin (1). In 2008, he started working for T & T Drywall and worked there for many years. In August of 2020, he moved back to the farm near Mooreton, with his dad. At the time of his death he lived in Wahpeton, ND with his dog, Smoky.
Arlen had a love for animals, especially his dog, Smoky. He enjoyed watching Nascar racing and riding motorcycle with his cousin, Steven. Arlen’s dream was to one day see the ocean, so in January of 2022, Arlen and Steven took a trip to Florida, and his dream was fulfilled. His last trip was to Arizona to visit his aunt and uncle, Betty and Gary Brink.
He is survived by his mother, Janice, Wahpeton, ND; brother, Lyle (Karlene) Ellingson, Mooreton, ND; nieces, Michelle Mennis and Paige Mennis; nephew, Aaron (Lemesha) Mennis; several cousins; two special boys, Isaac and Dustin; his aunts and uncles; and his grandpa, Ruben, Fargo, ND.
Arlen was preceded in death by his father, Wayne; and his grandmother, Bertha.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Sanford Fargo Hospice, 820 4th St. North, Fargo, ND 58122.
The family would like to invite everyone to stay for lunch immediately following the ceremony.