Bernard ‘Bear’ Ellringer -- Elba
Bernard “Bear” Ellringer, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018, at Parkside Elder Care, Plainview, of natural causes at the age of 94.
Bear was born the sixth child (of eight) to Gertrude (Burbach) and Michael Ellringer on Oct. 4, 1924, at home in Elba, where he resided his entire life.
Bear honorably served in the Army during WWII and was proud of the fact that all of the five brothers served in the military together at the same time.
After returning home from the war, he married Elaine Majerus on May 28, 1949, and they were later divorced.
Bear worked in farming, owned his own trucking company and body shop businesses, before accepting a position with the State of Minnesota DNR. He retired in 1988 after 25 years of service.
Bear was the father of Lynda (Wayne) Kroening, Marilyn Ellringer, Pat (Patty) Ellringer, Dale Ellringer, Michael Ellringer and Gina (Rick) Jones. Bear has 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also has a cat, Punkin.
Bear is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Sy, Ken, Bob and Wayne; three sisters, Mildred, Sylvia and Rita; and one son, Michael.
Bear will be buried at the St. Aloysius Cemetery in Elba.
Bear was well known in the surrounding area of Elba as a man of many talents with rough edges. It was Bear’s way or the highway. He loved the outdoors, wildlife, mowing, snowplowing, helping others and always kept busy. He enjoyed going out for his drives in his pickup truck every day but had to be sure to be home for his favorite show, “Wheel of Fortune.”
Bear resided at the Parkside Elder Care for the past four months. Many thanks to Theresa and Jim Lewis, and their staff for providing such excellent care during his stay there.
A special thank you to his nephew, Steve Ellringer, along with his friends and family for all their help and companionship during his last years of life.
He will be missed by many.
A Celebration of Life may be announced later.
Hoff Funeral and Cremation Services, St. Charles, is assisting the family with arrangements.