Laverne "Vern" George Ellevold

Railroad claim agent, 77Laverne "Vern" George Ellevold, 77, of Ocean Park, Wash., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, in Astoria.

Mr. Ellevold was born May 11, 1926 in Cylon, Wisc., to George O. and Inez Lee Ellevold. He graduated from high school in Wisconsin in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy in December 1945. In 1950, he started work for Northern Pacific Railroad as a station manager.

He married Ilene Ellevold in 1950. They moved to Seattle in 1967 and divorced in 1968.

On Aug. 21, 1969 he married Jeanne M. Sturgeon in Everett, Wash. She survives, living in Ocean Park.

Mr. Ellevold worked as a claim agent in Portland until retiring from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1981. He and Mrs. Ellevold were "snowbirds," moving to Arizona during the colder months.

He was a member of the Eagles, Elks and Moose lodges in Ocean Park, and a member of the Shriners and Scottish Rite in Portland and the Masons in Wisconsin. He was the vice president of the Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce in 1970-71. He also volunteered at the Oyster Interpretive Center in Nahcotta, Wash.

Mr. Ellevold loved to travel all over the United States, family members said, and went on eight cruises. He loved sports, especially baseball and basketball, and enjoyed collecting railroad memorabilia.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Ellevold is survived by three sons, Charles Ellevold of Bokchito, Okla., and Don and Jim King of Cornelius; two daughters, Christine Ellevold of Durant, Okla., and Deanne Crisifulli of Phoenix, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Robert and Randy Ellevold of Bokchito and Kathy Ellevold of Durant; and a sister, Joanne Shickles of Rockford, Ill. A brother, Robert A. Ellevold, died earlier.

A memorial service will be held later.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201, or the Ocean Park Peninsula Senior Center.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.


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