Elmer Ellsworth (Ell) Defenbaugh, a World War II veteran and former resident of Akron and Brush, passed away on January 10, 2013.|
He was born in Redding, Iowa on October 25, 1923, and raised by his grandparents in Snyder, Colo. Following education in local schools he became a member of Company L, 157th Infantry, Colorado National Guard.
He entered the U.S. Navy in January 1943 serving aboard the destroyer USS Hoel and assault ship USS Pondera in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
He married Helen L. Fender on September 15, 1944.
After military service, he and his wife moved to Brush, Colo. where he entered the transportation business, and where their first child, Steve "Sonny," was born. The family moved to the Los Angeles, Calif. area in 1952 where he worked in transportation, and where their second child, Jackie, was born.
The family returned to Brush, Colo. in 1961 where he was vice president of Driscoll Truck Line and Grain Exchange.
In 1964, the family moved to Riverside, Calif. where he owned and operated a special products transportation company. From 1965 to 1975 he was the Los Angeles terminal general operations manager for Yellow Freight, a Fortune 500 company.
In 1976, he and his wife Helen moved to Akron, Colo., where he joined Cox/Cargill Grain as a grain buyer at the Platner, Colo. facility. He retired from that company in 1983. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the United States before moving to Reno in 1991.
He was a member of the USS Johnson/USS Hoel Association and the American Legion in Akron, Colo.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, Reno; son, Steve "Sonny" (Tess), Olathe, Kan.; daughter Jackie Frady (Steve), Reno, Nev.; sister, Diane Radatz, Las Vegas; granddaughters Cherie Dickey, Olathe, Kan. and Dencia Golfinopolus, Leawood, Kan.; grandson Michael Frady, Reno, Nev.; and four great-grandchildren, all in the Kansas City, Kan. area.
A family gathering was held following cremation.
Published in Brush News-Tribune on Jan. 23, 2013