Richard Allen Ellison

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  • Name: Richard Allen Ellison
  • Location of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Date of Birth: July 7, 1921
  • Date of Death: February 11, 1992 (70 years old)
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  • High School and Class: 1939 - Northome High School, Northome, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States Army Air Corps
  • Date Sworn In: September 28, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: February 21, 1946 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Richard served in the Army Air Force for three years during World War II and with the 97th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. He was decorated with several battle stars.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Richard moved to International Falls, Minnesota after World War II. He was a bookkeeper and office manager for Paul Laurence Company.

    Starting in 1949 he was a deputy sheriff in Koochiching County for thirteen years. He was the city clerk and later city financial director of International Falls, Minnesota from 1959 to 1962. Richard was the police chief of International Falls, Minnesota from 1963 until his retirement in 1984.

    Richard was a licensed private pilot and commanded the International Falls Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and later served as group commander of the Civil Air Patrol for the northern third of Minnesota.

    He served for fifteen years with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and was on the Governor's Criminal Justice Committee. He worked with Borderland Humane Society. He was past master of Masonic Lodge 270 AF&AM of International Falls, Minnesota. Richard was a member of the Border Shrine Club, Rotary Club, American Legion Post 66, VFW Post 9694, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and International Falls Elks Lodge 1599. He was worthy patron of the Order of Eastern Star, Star of the North Chapter 201. He was an honorary member of the United States Secret Service and a life member of the International Falls Association of Police Chiefs.

    Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline; a son, Lauren; a daughter, Debra Ellison-Vinnes; two brothers, Alden and Lawrence; four sisters, Arling Logdahl, Ruth Gerdon, Inez Martell, and Shirley Reistad; his mother, Grace Logdahl; and two grandchildren.

    He was treasurer of Wildwood Community Cemetery Association (in Koochiching County).

    Richard lived at Max, Minnesota and died in his home after a long illness. Services were held in Sand Lake Township Community Center in Itasca County and burial was in Wildwood Cemetery in Koochiching County.

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