Thief River Falls - A. Ellsworth Jorgenson, 93, Thief River Falls, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 27, at Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Ale Tulu and Rev. John Golv officiating. Interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 5:30 p.m. prayer service led by Rev. Terri Cuppett on Wednesday, March 26 at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls.
Arnold Ellsworth Jorgenson was born Sept. 13, 1920 in Fairview Hospital, the son of Ole J. and Clara (Flatland) Jorgenson. He was baptized in Minneapolis and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls. He attended school and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls.
Ellsworth served his country in the United States Air Force as a radio operator with the 316th Troop Carrier squadron. He flew missions every day, mostly to the continent carrying supplies of every kind and returning wounded back to hospitals or soldiers released from German prison camps. Some of his missions were to northern and southern France and the Rhine Crossing.
His last weeks in the service, he spent every day hauling five-gallon cans of gas to keep General Patton going in his march across Germany and then was sent to France to the 55b troop Carrier. After the war, he wound up on a Liberty Ship heading for South America by way of Trinidad. At the ATC base in Balen, Brazil, he was reassigned and became a link trainer instructor for the three bases in South America where planes landed on the way to the States. He was discharged as a staff sergeant. Ellsworth was proud to serve his country and thankful to God to have spared him.
On Aug. 9, 1947, Ellsworth was united in marriage to Octavia Serena Elaine Larson at Clara Lutheran Church. He was employed at Hillard/Mostue Grocery, Mostue Florist and Consumer’s Co-op in Thief River Falls and for 28 years, served as the Pennington County treasurer, Thief River Falls.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls, where he served 14 years on the church board as secretary. Ellsworth was a life member of the Thief River Falls Lions Club, where he served in various capacities, both locally and in the district from 1960 until the present; including a term as district governor from 1979-80.
He was inducted to the Lions MD5M Hall of Fame and has received their Progressive Melvin Jones and Helen Keller Awards. He was a life member of the American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117, where he served as treasurer and first, second and third vice commander and was commander of the post from 1957-58, was post chaplain for four years and on the board of directors for six years.
He was part of and still active in the original committee, which 40 years ago, organized the Color Guard, which offers military rites to all veterans in Pennington County. He was selected Senior Citizen of the Year for Pennington County in 2000 and served 18 years as civil defense director, Pennington County, assistant cub master three years, president of Northern Blood Bank one year, and president of PTA and PTA Councils of School District 564. He enjoyed woodworking, photography, camping and traveling, in which he has visited all 50 states. Ellsworth loved his country, he loved his community and most of all he loved his family.
He is survived by wife Octavia Jorgenson, Thief River Falls; sons, Daniel Jorgenson, Las Vegas, Nev., and Thomas Jorgenson, Thief River Falls; and many other relatives and friends.
Ellsworth was preceded in death by parents, Ole and Clara Jorgenson; and sister: Viola Jaranson.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.