Don W. Ellstrom

9 November, 193320 November, 2019

Don, 86, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on November 20, 2019 at Benton House of Staley Hills surrounded by his family.

Born November 9, 1933 to Edwin and Lucile Ellstrom in Overland Park, Kansas. Don graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1950. He proudly served in the US Army during Korean Conflict. In September of 1967, he married Lucy Duran. Don worked many years for the Farmland Coop as an artist, later to start his own advertising company. Don was an avid golfer, getting together with friends once a week in Excelsior Springs, loved playing pool with the family and friends, and loved to be around those who loved to laugh and have a great time.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Edwin, Jr. and Keith Ellstrom; sister, Delma Ellstrom; granddaughter, Stephanie Brier.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy; son, Gary; stepsons, Richard (Rita), Walt, and Bill (Linda) Brier; daughter-in-law, Paula (Richard) Berry; several grandchildren, Bill, Jr. Cathy, and Matt; and great grandchildren, Sean, Krystal, Adam, Logan, Derek, Dylan.


  • Edwin Ellstrom, Father (deceased)
  • Lucile (Ross) Ellstrom, Mother (deceased)
  • Lucy (Duran) Ellstrom, Wife
  • Edwin Ellstrom, Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Keith Ellstrom, Brother (deceased)
  • Delma Ellstrom, Sister (deceased)
  • Stephanie Brier, Granddaughter (deceased)
  • Gary Ellstrom, Son
  • Richard Brier (Rita), Step-son
  • Walt Brier, Step-son
  • Bill Brier (Linda), Step-son
  • Paula Berry (Richard), Daughter-in-law
  • Bill Jr., Grandson
  • Cathy, Granddaughter
  • Matt, Grandson
  • Sean, Great Grandson
  • Krystal, Great Granddaughter
  • Adam, Great Grandson
  • Logan, Great Grandson
  • Derek, Great Grandson
  • Dylan, Great Grandson


  • Visitation Monday, 25 November , 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, 25 November , 2019


Don W. Ellstrom

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Dorcas Allen

22 November 2019

I attended Gashland Elementary School with Don, and also North Kansas City High School. His Dad and my Dad were in the same car pool when they worked at the Post Office on Pershing Road. The Ellstrom family also attended Barry Christian Church when my family attended there. Don was always a nice person, and much fun to be around. So sorry for your loss. My prayer is for God to wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.
Dorcas (Dotson) Allen