ElRoy Kittleson, 89 of Fairview died Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
He was born on the 9th day of the 5th month on the 34th year (as he always used to say) to Jennie Euakima Storvik Kittleson and Henry Clarence Kittleson in Sidney. He was a younger brother to sister Helen and older brother to Jim and Hank (Henry Jr.). They were raised on the family farm northwest of Fairview. As a child, he attended school at Nohly until the eighth grade.
The death of their mother when the children were small left Helen in charge of her younger brothers.
He learned hard work ethics and discipline at a very young and it carried him through his entire life.
He was an avid baseball fan and really enjoyed playing the sport, until he broke his leg.
He married Ruth Stride in 1956 and, to this union, five children were born: Dennis, Ken, Doug, Barbie and Dan.
He served on the ASC committee for over 20 years, the elevator board and many other projects.
His true passion, however, was farming and ranching. He spent most of his life riding his horses and doing things “the old way.” He saw many changes in his life — from no electricity to electric windows in his pickup and cellphones.
Once his children were grown, he was blessed with many grandchildren and then nicknamed “Gramps.” He followed the kids around their activities and enjoyed