William ‘Bill’ L. Ellison


William ‘Bill’ L. Ellison, 89, of Superior, died Thursday April 2, 2020 at Essentia- Health in Virginia, MN.

Bill was born in Duluth, MN on Oct. 5, 1930 the son of Frances (Carlson) and John Harold Ellison. He married Shirley Sohlstrom on Jan 20, 1950 and they celebrated 70 years of marriage.

He had worked for many years at Minnesota Power and then for SWL&P. Following retirement, he enjoyed working at Superior Chrysler.

Bill was a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Masonic Lodge, AAD Shrine and the Elk’s Lodge. He took great pride in volunteering and was always volunteering in the local communities. He enjoyed his Golf Group, socializing at the Elk’s, and all the Shrine events including the parades. He loved traveling to Trout Lake and looked forward every year to the camping and fishing trips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Diane Juten; and grandson, Cody Miller.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley of Superior; children, Brenda (Karel) Winkelaar of Tower, MN, Linda (Robert) DiCasmirro of Soudan, MN, and Tim Ellison of Chisolm, MN; grandchildren, Jesse Gornick, Cade (Andrea) Gornick, Nathan (Sabrina) DiCasmirro, Nicole (Josh) Carlson, Erin Miller, Brandie Ellison, and Deanna Ellison; great-grandchildren, Otto, Charlize, Cazimiro, Gianna, Avianna, Jesslyn, Nevea, and Damien.

A drive by visitation will be held at the entrance of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 820 Belknap St. Superior, on Monday April 6, 2020 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19 and the Governor’s Mandates we ask that all attending the visitation remain in their vehicles. Bill’s Family will greet you as you drive through the portico and pause to pay your respects.

Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery.

Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N 19th Street, is assisting the family with arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit

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