Ellefson, Joseph Eugene (Gene), Age 90, of Arvada, CO, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2020.
He is survived by his wife Jeanne; daughters Deb Oprah Kravick and Nina Martin (Robert); four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his brother Bruce (Linda) and sister Karen (David), and many nieces and nephews.
Gene was born on the family farm in Becker, MN, the first of five children. The family moved to Columbia Heights, MN, when Gene was 13 years old. He graduated from high school in 1948. Gene served in the Navy from 1948 to 1950.
Gene worked for the Soo Line Rail Road before and after military service. Gene joined his father in law in an insurance agency before joining The Hartford Insurance Company at the Minneapolis regional office. In 1973, he transferred to the Denver Regional office of The Hartford as the audit manager. He retired from The Hartford after a long career.
Gene enjoyed golf and travel. He and his wife traveled across the United States and Canada with friends and family. They cruised in the Caribbean and Alaska.
Gene was a craftsman. He made many toys, games, and furniture over the years. He was able to paint, wallpaper, install floors and serve as an all-around handyman as good as or better than many professionals. He took pride in maintaining his yard and home, doing the work well into his eighties. In his later years, he crocheted over 200 hats for charity.
Gene was an active member of King of Glory Lutheran Church. He served on the board and maintained the church's books for many years. The family asks that donations to King of Glory Lutheran Church, 10001 W 58th Ave., Arvada, CO 80002, in Gene's name.
Interment will be at a later date in Minnesota.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Feb. 17, 2021.