John H. Ellingson

June 19, 1946January 6, 2019

John H. Ellingson, 72, of Machesney Park, IL, passed away Sunday morning, January 6, 2019 after a long illness. He was born June 19, 1946 in Beloit, WI, the son of Harley and Evelyn (Berg) Ellingson. John graduated from high school and went on to serve in the United State Air Force, where he was stationed in Germany for 5 years. He was a brick layer in the union for many years before retiring. John was an amazing father, who had profound love for his two sons. He was a workaholic, who enjoyed camping at Lakeland Campground for many years. John took pride in everything he did. John is loved and missed by his sons, Brian (Kirsten) Ellingson, and Jeff (Kristy) Ellingson; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Devin and Blake Ellingson; sisters, Sandra Stangland, and Christine Ellingson-Mollen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and both his brother-in-laws. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115 with a visitation prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. Cremation rites have been accorded.


  • Harley Ellingson, Father
  • Evelyn Ellingson, Mother
  • Brian (Kirsten) Ellingson, Son
  • Jeff (Kristy) Ellingson, Son
  • Brooklyn Ellingson, Grandchild
  • Devin Ellingson, Grandchild
  • Blake Ellingson, Grandchild
  • Sandra Stangland, Sister
  • Christine Ellingson-Mollen, Sister


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, January 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 12, 2019

John H. Ellingson

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Mike Sklavos

January 12, 2019

My Condolences to the family of John Ellingson. We were high school classmates and close friends during our youth. I have many memories of John during high school years. We were constant attendees of many of the concerts at the Pop House and Jon and I were part of a regular Fri/Sat night group of guys that drove around town looking for fun. I am including a photo of John, Carl Feldon and myself. It was taken in July of 1966 and may have been during John's wedding day. Not being able to see much of where we were, it appears to be in someones yard most likely a party. Our group tried to reach out to John recently and didn't know of his health problems. We mentioned him often during our conversations and wished him well. John will always be part of our reminiscensence. We will always remember John as part of our group of guys that hung out together during our formative high school years. Again, I'm sorry for your loss. -- Mike Sklavos

Richard Beadle

January 8, 2019

John and I were best friends from grade school at Gaston thru high school. We spent many hours in his parent's basement playing bumper pool. I was one of the very few he allowed to drive his prize white Chevrolet impala convertible with the continental kit .. it was nearly 20 feet long. We enlisted in the Air Force together on the buddy plan. Unfortunately we didn't get to serve together, he went to Germany and I went to Okinawa and Vietnam. John was a true friend and will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Dennis Wheeler

January 8, 2019

I will miss a wonderful high school friend. John and I and several other Beloit Memorial High School friends spent a lot of time together growing up. John was a friend who contributed greatly to the enjoyment of my growing up in Beloit. He was always so level headed and always on an even keel. I cannot remember him ever getting mad or saying anything bad about anyone. I know he was a good golfer and enjoyed golfing when he was young. I wished we could have golfed together later in life. My being gone in the military to late in my life prevented us from being close later in life. I can remember him always giving me rides in his Dad's big blue station wagon. We had a lot of good times in that car and was always glad his Dad did not find out about them.
I was so sorry to hear of his health challenges in his later years. I read the glowing comments of his heath care provider listed on this site and how he faced his challenges with strength and character. To all his family please know he was loved by his high school friends and we are deeply saddened by his loss. Our prayers are with you and wish you the best as you deal with the loss of a wonderful man.

Jodi Summeril

January 7, 2019

I am so sorry about John's passing. He will be missed by so many of us at River Bluff. I'll really miss his humor and wit each morning when he came to rehab. He was such a strong man for someone confined to a chair, he was also so proud of that. He always told us girls it was from throwing bricks around. He spoke endlessly about his sons and it saddened him that he felt the stroke changed how he would have had more time with them and other family members. He was very proud of those boys. I'm sure he's standing tall, free of pain with all those other tradesmen. There's a special place in heaven for them I'm told (and I believe). My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this most difficult of times.