Rufus F. Ellefson, age 97 years, of La Farge, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
He was born on March 10, 1920 to Isaac and Enger Emma (Christenson) Ellefson in the Town of Liberty, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Rufus was united in marriage to Thalia Hisel on March 29, 1941 in Waukon, Iowa.
They farmed and lived in the areas of Ontario, La Farge and Hillsboro. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping, along with spending time with family and friends. Thalia preceded him in death on March 17, 2017.
Survivors include his children, Ardene (Mike) Powers of Illinois, Dennis (Shirley) Ellefson of Rock Springs, Linda (Gary) Withrow of Ontario, Dolores Green of New Lisbon, Darlene (John) Liska of Holmen and Connie (Randy) Hastings of Wonewoc; son-in-law, Donnie (Shirley) Vitcenda of Norwalk; fifteen Grandchildren; thirty-one Great Grandchildren and three Great Great Grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Thalia, he was preceded in death by his Parents; daughter, Kathleen Vitcenda; sons-in-law, Fred Green and Rick Kronn; great granddaughter, Emmie Thayer; sisters, Mabel Suiter, Gladys Miller, Freda Moll, Ida Robson and brothers, Isaac Jr., Arthur, Edwin, Carl, Melvin, Oscar and Leonard Ellefson.
Memorial Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 214 S. Cherry Street, La Farge, WI, with Rev. Mark Phillips officiating. Friends may call at the Church on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro is assisting the family.