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Stephen R. Ellerbusch

June 8, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Pastor Stephen Ray Ellerbusch was born in Cherokee, on Dec. 11, 1948, the son of Ruby and Fred Ellerbusch. He grew up in Holstein, and later moved to Ralston, NE, and then Bellevue, NE, where he was the catcher of a State Championship baseball team.

Steve attended St. Olaf College where he met and married Carol Anderson. Steve was later inducted into the St. Olaf College Athletic Hall of Fame as the catcher and most valuable player of the three-year conference championship baseball team.

Steve attended Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN and served as a Lutheran pastor for 40 years in the following churches: Grace Lutheran Church, Marshfield, WI; Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester, WI; Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Center; Bethany Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg; Swan Valley Lutheran Church, Leader, MN; Maple Hill Lutheran Church, Pine River, MN; and as a visitation pastor at First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, MN. Steve loved the many parishioners that he had the privilege of serving. Steve was passionate about preaching and teaching the good news of Jesus Christ.

Steve's other passion was his family! Steve was an awesome husband, and father to his three children, Ben, Morgen, and Erin. Steve loved spending time with his children and later with his six grandchildren, Karlton, Kaya, Hudson, Lincoln, Annalise, and Daniel, doing anything and everything they wanted to do. They brought him pure joy!

Steve's other interests included designing and building many beautiful woodworking projects, playing the guitar, planting trees and gardens, reading and Bible study, playing many sports, walking and numerous outdoor activities.

Steve is survived by his wife Carol, son Benjamin (Courtney) Ellerbusch, Annalise and Daniel, of Highlands Ranch, CO; daughter Morgen (Mark) Juel, Hudson and Lincoln, of Baxter, MN; daughter Erin (Hans) Anderson, Karlton and Kaya, of Baxter, MN; three sisters Kristin (Mark) Gallagher; Karen Fetty; Rhonda (David) Schoenmaker; sisters-in-law Kay (Jim) Johnson; Karen (Mark) Aamot; Cathy Anderson; brother-in-law David Asleson; and many loving extended family.

Steve passed away on Monday, June 5 at his home and was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Craig Ellerbusch, brother-in-law Paul Anderson, and sister-in-law Donna Asleson.

The visitation and memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Brainerd, MN on Sunday, June 11. The visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m followed by the celebration of Steve's life at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be making donations to cancer research, Heifer International, and the American Red Cross. Steve was a long time blood donor and later recipient of numerous blood transfusions. Blood donors save lives! Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.



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