Anders R. "Andy" Elisson
Jun 11, 1942 - Aug 2, 2010
Andy Elisson of Dubois died at his home Monday evening, Aug. 2, 2010, at the age of 68.
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, at the Rustic Pine Tavern in Dubois. Cremation has taken place.
Anders Roland Elisson was born in Tanoker, Sweden on June 11, 1942, the son of Elis Fritiofsson and Linnea (Anderson) Fritiofsson.
He came to the United States from Sweden in 1961, at the age of 17. Settling first in New York City, he worked odd jobs to earn enough money to come West to Jeffrey City to live with his second cousin, Chet Anderson.
Here he met Kay Floyd in Lander. They married in Riverton on Nov. 24, 1965, and moved back to Sweden in 1966 for three years where their oldest son, Kjell, was born. They moved back to the United States in 1969 where their son Nick was born in Riverton.
Mr. Elisson served with the Swedish Army and the U.S. National Guard.
He was baptized into the Lutheran faith in Sweden.
Mr. and Mrs. Elisson were married for 34 years before divorcing.
Mr. Elisson worked all his life with livestock, raising horses, cattle, irrigating, and doing general ranching. He worked for many farms and become ranch manager for more than 30 years at the Thunderhead Ranch of Dubois. He later started his own ranching operation -- Ecco/Elisson Cattle Company.
He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
His family said Mr. Elisson enjoyed gardening vegetables, especially potatoes, beets, rutabagas, and raising trees.
Survivors include his former wife, Kay Elisson of Dubois; sons, Kjell (Cindy) Elisson of Glenrock and Nick (Shannon) Elisson of Dubois; grandchildren, Triston, Erik, Randi Kay, and Isak Elisson; six brothers, Tor, Hans, Hokon, Sven, Lars, Magnus, and their families.
Mr. Elisson was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter.
Memorials may be made to Little Wind Hospice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.
On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Local arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.