Published: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Charles Richard “Dick” Ellison was born July 25, 1926, in Rapid City, S.D. He was raised in the prairie in Rapid City until around the seventh grade, when he and his family moved to a 120 acre farm on Jay road in Boulder, Colo., where he attended Boulder High School, graduating in 1944.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served until 1947. In 1952, he married Betty Lou Blubaugh and moved back to Boulder, where they raised nine children: Dan, Patty, Barbara, Chuck, Mike, Cherie, Cindy, Kelly and Kerry.
Dick worked as an electrician at Boulder Valley Schools for 25 years. He also assisted Betty in their home-based business, Willow Grove Greenhouse, later opening Louisville Florist and Gifts in Louisville, Colo.
In the late 1970s they moved to the Black Hills in South Dakota, where they purchased Blue Spruce Cabins and Campgrounds in Hill City, S.D. They operated the campground for 20 years and lived in Custer, S.D., for another 10 years.
In 2003, Dick and Betty moved back to Berthoud, Colo., where Betty died Nov. 4, 2008. He then moved to Virginia near his daughter, Cindy, where he lost his life to congestive heart failure.
Dick loved his children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to hunt, fish and travel with his beloved Betty. He loved the outdoors, spending most of his time caring for his acres of grass and large garden. Dick had a special heart for dogs, owning three Samoyeds, Frosty, Stormy and Snowy. An avid football fan, he took special pride in cheering on the Denver Broncos.
Dick died Jan. 13, 2013, in Virginia. He was 86.
Dick was preceded in death by his son, Charles E. Ellison; his brothers Robert, Claude and Leon; and sisters, Helen and Hazel.
He is survived by eight children: Dan of Texas, Patricia of Arizona, Barbara, Kerry and Mike of South Dakota, Cherie of Wisconsin, Cindy of Virginia, Kelly of Missouri; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 19 at Allnutt Funeral Home in Loveland, Colo. He was buried at Green Lawn of Berthoud.
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