James Albert Ellertson
James Albert Ellertson passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, in Boulder. He was 81 years old. Jim was born on May 18, 1926, in Minneapolis to Oscar and Virginia Ellertson. He married Ruth Woodhams in Denver on Nov. 4, 1950.
Jim graduated from Deephaven High School in Minnetonka, Minn., in 1944. After service in the Army Air Corps, he attended the University of Minnesota for one year, and later the University of Denver. He formed Ellertson Associates in 1953, a manufacturers’ representative firm selling to the office supply and furniture trade in the Rocky Mountain states. He retired in 1993.
He had a life long passion for skiing that started in 1930 at the age of four. He loved ski jumping and racing and competed from 1939 until 1953 and was a member of the University of Denver ski team in 1950. He was on the first ski patrol at Aspen Mountain in 1947 and 1948 and attended the 50th anniversary celebration there in 1997.
Jim and Ruth were blessed with three children: Dan Ellertson of Oak Creek, DeeDee Rice and Michael Rice, and Nancy (Scott) Horn, all of Boulder; and five grandchildren: Peter and Mary Horn, and Kevin, Sean, and Brendan Rice, all of Boulder. Also surviving are a brother, Thomas, of Thousand Palms, Calif., and a sister, Susan Tegthof, of Battle Ground, Wash.
He was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway Vesterheim Lodge, Early Risers Toastmasters Club and Rocky Mountain Office Products Association. He delivered Meals on Wheels since 2001.
Preceding him in death was his wife of 57 years, Ruth, and his constant companion of 12 years, golden retriever Kristin of Norge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Meals on Wheels, 909 Arapahoe Ave., No. 121, Boulder, CO 80302; HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026; Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers Foundation, Attn: Stephanie Schulman, 1161 S. Vivian St., Lakewood, CO 80228.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be Thursday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO 80303.
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