Robert Ellefson


March 8, 1934 - August 18, 2019


Robert Ellefson, 85, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday at the Church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Robert Joseph Ellefson was born on March 8, 1934 to Willis B. and Elsie M. (Lee) Ellefson in Pipestone, MN. He was raised in Flandreau, SD, and graduated from Flandreau High School. Bob was united in marriage to the love of his life, Glenda Faris, on April 26, 1953. From this union Bob and Glenda were blessed with five children, Nancy, Sandy, Max, Matt, and Andrea.

Bob began his career with John Deere working alongside his father, Willis, at the John Deere dealership in Flandreau. In 1969, Bob and Glenda moved their family to Mitchell to start Ellefson Implement. Ellefson Implement was Bob’s pride and joy. He took pleasure in working with his employees and visiting with farmers on a daily basis. He remained in the business until he sold it in 2012. Bob and Glenda enjoyed traveling and camping. He cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren, attending sporting events, and trips to Dairy Queen.

He served on the Board of Trustees at DWU, served on the Queen of Peace Hospital Board, coached the Mitchell Boxing Club, was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, and was the chairman of the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Ellefson, Mitchell; children, Nancy Ellefson, Tomball, TX, Sandy (Kenny) Hanson, Spirit Lake, IA, Max (Sandy) Ellefson, Mitchell, and Andrea (Troy) Hart, Mitchell; 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and brother, Darwin Ellefson, Brookings, SD.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; son, Matt Ellefson; and sister-in-law, Diane Ellefson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to SURVIVEiT. Visit for more information.



Wednesday, August 21, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, August 22, 2019
10:30 AM
Resurrection Lutheran Church
4013 N Main St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Sharon Rehorst on August 22, 2019
God be with you and your family.
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on August 22, 2019
Most Heartfelt:
We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. 
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. ✝️

We will always remember Bob's kind ways and gentleness.. He was an enjoyable conversational man, full of heart felt honesty.

May Bob enjoy the Happiness of Heaven, he so deserves.

We are sorry we cannot attend the funeral services, my back surgery a few days ago, has brought me to a halt. Kay & Gary Shafer
Posted by Karen Spelbring on August 21, 2019
Dearest Glenda & family, I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. May God's love comfort all of you @ this very difficult time. May Peace & God's Blessings be with all of you. Bob was loved by all who knew him. Love, hugs & Prayers, Karen 🙏
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on August 20, 2019
So sorry to all of you for this great loss ! Bob will be missed by all that was blessed to know him . Sending prayers
Posted by Rog and Ione Johnson on August 20, 2019
Sympathy to you and your Family Glenda. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a great guy and a great sense of humor.
Posted by Becky Blindauer Alexander on August 20, 2019
Eternal rest grant unto Bob, Lord. May perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through your mercy, rest in peace. Amen
Posted by Orv & Linda Hughart on August 20, 2019
Our prayers to Glenda and her family for their loss of Bob. May the good lord assist them through these sad times.
Posted by Julie Phillips on August 20, 2019
Sorry for the whole families loss. Prayers for healing.
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on August 20, 2019
Max & family so very sorry for your loss. Prayers & God bless.
Posted by Lynn Metcalf on August 19, 2019
Our sympathies to Glenda and family on the loss of Bob. Such a nice, caring man. He will be missed. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Lynn Metcalf
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