Carol Konynenbelt's recent email correspondence with David Elings revealed that the latter has a box of newspaper clippings and an obituary for Dick (Dirk) Elings.
The 1920 Pondera County census revealed that John D. and Priscilla Elings and 6 children, also Dick
(Dirk) and Freda Elings and 1 child, were enumerated in Pondera County . The Montana Death Index revealed that many of them are buried in Conrad
, including John D. Elings, d. Mar. 4, 1967, age 85; Priscilla Van Dyken Elings, d. May 25, 1959, age 78; son Robert, d. July 16, 1996, age 72; Son Adrian J., d. Dec. 18, 1975, age 61, and son Lester, d. Jan. 8, 1982, age.
They became the parents of 3 children, James T. (b. 1919); Richard
, and Ruth Elings (Bruinsma, her husband having died in the Korean War).
Thus Dick Elings
was age 39 whenever he
entered the ministry.
Dick Elings served the Reformed Church of Monarch, Alberta, Canada from June, 1927 until 1933.
then pastored First Reformed Church of Yakima, WA.
from 1933 to 1946, and he
was still there when his
father Adrian died at Zillah on Jul. 7, 1941, and his
wife Freda died at Yakima on March 18, 1943.
About 1946 he
married Jean Rammerman.
accepted the call to Sandham Memorial Reformed Church
at Monroe, SD. in 1946, and to First Reformed Church
in Platte , SD. in 1950.
had just returned to the Classis
of the Cascades as regional missionary to found a new church in Bellingham, WA, when he
had a heart attack at the breakfast table on July 8, 1951 and died that afternoon.
17 C. Konynenbelt conversation with Gerald VandenAcre in Conrad, MT., also Dick Elings' obituary in possession of David Elings.