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Ellsworth C. Dahlin, 85

Ellsworth Clayton Dahlin, age 85, of St. Michael, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.

He was born June 8, 1925, at Cokato, to Alfred and Anna (Svanda) Dahlin.

Ellsworth grew up in Cokato and graduated from Cokato High School in 1942.

He entered the US Navy, and proudly served in Hawaii and Japan during World War II.

After military service, Ellsworth went to work at Moberg Motors in Cokato as a mechanic. He later went to work for Sears Roebuck & Company as a service manager, and retired after 23 years of service there.

Ellsworth married Ardelle Kopsala March 10, 1951, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato. The couple were wed by the Reverend Oscar Peterson.

They made their home first in Cokato, and lived there until 1960. From there, they spent a year in Bottineau, ND; then moved to the Twin Cities. In 1978, they moved to Chicago; in 1987, to Elk River, and then to their present home in St. Michael in 1999.

Ellsworth enjoyed doing things with his hands. He enjoyed his work as a mechanic, and also did carpentry and woodwork as a hobby, building the majority of their Elk River home.

He was a member of the Cokato American Legion Post 209.

Ellsworth is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ardelle; children: Steven (Janet) Dahlin, Gail (Rob) Beckfeld, Mark Dahlin, and Jana (Bill) Church; grandchildren Jason Breezee, Kara Breezee, Erik Church, and Alex Church; great-granddaughter Baili LaValle; and a sister, Adelyne Lankki of Cokato.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna; sisters Mildred, Lillian, and Helen; and brothers Clarence, Oliver, Arnold, and Albin.

A memorial service for Ellsworth took place Thursday, Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Elk River Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were handled by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.