Reverend Rodney Lee Ellertson
April 3, 1933 - December 18, 2021
Born in Brush Prairie, Washington to Homer and Marie Ellertson, “Rod” was a blessed addition to the growing family. He joined his older brother’s Ken and Don and welcomed a little sister Kathleen six years later. The family resided in Clark county where Rod attended Vancouver High School. He went to Clark College where he met Joan Sawyer and they were married in 1954.
Rod earned his Bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University and then graduated from Luther Theo-logical Seminary in St. Paul where he received a Master's of Theology. While his profession was that of a Pastor, Rod can better be described as a builder - he built a family, congregations, schools and his pride - the Falcon Cove Beach house.
Jane, Sam, Scott and Heidi were added to Rod and Joan’s globetrotting family who built homes on three continents where he spoke three languages: English, French and Gbaya. Sadly, Joan died of brain can-cer in 1976 when she was only 42 years young. Rod’s family grew substantially in 1978 when he married Dorothy Graham who had also lost her spouse, Bruce. Dorothy had six children - Terry, Denise, Mike, Corey, Julie and Doug; so combined they had ten. All ten are married and between them they have 26 grand children, 11 great grandchildren and 2 on the way. Dorothy passed away from cancer in 2010.
Rod remarried again in 2013. This time to a long-time friend from missionary days, Donna Collet, who had also lost her spouse, Louis. Donna has one son, Phillip. Rod accepted him into the family as one of his own.
Rod started his career as a missionary to Cameroon, Africa for 10 years. He served as pastor of Fir Lawn Lutheran in Sweet Home, Oregon and 23 years as pastor of Highland Lutheran Church in La Center. He also worked as a chaplain and volunteered as a fire fighter. After retiring, Rod continued to be active in the ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church - a special place to him as his parents were founding members. His other sanctuary was the home he built with Dorothy at Falcon Cove.
There will be a viewing at Northwood Park on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from noon to five. His funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 11 A.M. Box lunches will available at the end of the service. There will be a burial at Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery located at 12919 NE 159th St, Brush Prairie, WA. All are welcome to join the family for the internment.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Starts at 1:00pm (Pacific time)
Bethel Lutheran Cemetery