Ellis A. Ruesink, age 80, of Harmony, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Harmony Care Center.
Ellis Arlo Ruesink was born July 15, 1939, to Harold and Pearl (Gysbers) Ruesink in Preston. He graduated from Wykoff High School in 1957 and continued his education in La Crosse, Wis., earning two associate degrees.
On May 1, 1965, he was united in marriage with Beverly Zitzow at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in St. Charles. Ellis worked in security at Mayo Clinic for 36 years. Following his retirement, he volunteered at the Clinic for 10 more years.
Ellis had a great love for animals, especially his stallion, Shiloh, and his dog, Rocky. He liked going for drives, traveling, and playing canasta with family and friends. Ellis also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Ellis and Beverly were members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester before moving to Harmony in 1995.
Ellis is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly Ruesink of Harmony; children, Craig (Lisa) Ruesink of Sartell, Wendy (Randie) Mueller of Sumner, Iowa, and Stacy Ruesink of Rochester; grandchildren, Mackenzie (Nate) Fett of Austin, Madeline Horn of West Union, Iowa, Aaron Ruesink of Sartell, Michael Ruud of Sartell, Katie Ruud of Bloomington, and Topher Bolen of Sartell; and siblings, Lola (Mike) Nelson of Greendale, Wis., Patricia Dormady of Alameda, Calif., and Percy (Sandy) Ruesink of Glendale, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, June Schneider; brother, Harley Ruesink; and sister-in-law, Kola Ruesink.
Funeral services for Ellis Ruesink will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony, with Pastor Rolf Svanoe officiating. Burial will be in Greenleafton cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Preston and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The family would like to thank Harmony Care Center and Heartland Hospice for taking wonderful care of Ellis, and also Mary Carlson for helping Beverly at home.
Online condolences may be left at Hindtfuneralhomes.com.