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Harry Ellwein was Merchant Marine

Harry Robert Ellwein, 96, passed away Sept. 29, 2017, at his home at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
Harry was born May 26, 1921, in Bowdle, to Benjamin and Phillipina (Miller) Ellwein. In 1927, the Ellwein family moved west of the Missouri River and settled on a farm 11 miles south of Firesteel. Harry attended the Cundall Country School south of Firesteel from grades one to seven and grades seven and eight at the Meadow Valley Country School, southeast of Isabel. Harry attended one year of high school at Firesteel. In 1938, The Ellwein family moved to a farm/ranch located on the eastern edge of Isabel.
When World War II began, Harry attempted to join the Military services but was rejected due to being classified 4-E (Needed on the Family Farm). In 1943, to circumvent the 4-E Status, Harry and another young man from the area with the same classification named Marion Wortman traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., and joined the Merchant Marines. After training at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., Harry based out of San Francisco and served in the Pacific Theater. Harry was discharged in 1946 and returned to Isabel to take over the farm and ranch business from his parents.
Sailors serving in the Merchant Marines did not receive WWII Military Veteran’s status until Ronald Regan became President. Following this recognition, Harry joined American Legion Clubs wherever he lived. He was a member of the American Legion Post 303 in Hermosa.
Harry and his brother, Helmuth (Ben) Ellwein, jointly operated cattle and sheep ranches in the Isabel area. He was a great supporter, mentor and role model for his many nieces and nephews. He was greatly loved by the extended family of his wife, Lola. Harry had a great love for horses, especially Arabian horses. Harry was a founding member of the Isabel Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 28 years. Harry also served as the State Brand Inspector for the Isabel region. He started this service when cattle and sheep were shipped by railroad from the Isabel Stockyards.
In 1976, Harry sold his ranch. Following the sale of the ranch, he worked in the power transmission line construction business with his nephew, Larry Boehler, from 1976 to 1983, working on powerline projects in Colorado, Arizona, Minnesota, Oregon and Alaska. In 1983, Harry married Lola Wittman; they resided in Gordon, Neb., Hot Springs and Rapid City.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Lola; parents, two brothers, three sisters, one niece and one nephew. He is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Committal services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, with Loyd Nielson officiating.
The family requests that no flowers be sent.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s in Hot Springs.