Was taken too soon from us at the age of 26 on May 1st., 2022. Beloved son to Bill and Dawn (Frailing), loving brother to David and Ben, grandson to Bob and Elaine Ellifson, Charlie and Joyce Frailing. Further survived by many other family and friends.
Robby Ellifson was born on January 28th, 1996 at halftime of the Steelers/Cowboys Super Bowl game. He was the first born to Bill and Dawn Ellifson as well as the first grandchild to both sets of grandparents, Bob & Elaine Ellifson and Charlie & Joyce Frailing. He was born with a full head of dark brown hair and bright attentive brown eyes. Within days of coming into this world he was pushing up on Mom’s chest looking around and taking in the whole world.
He grew up in Oak Creek and attended Edgewood Elementary, East Middle School and Oak Creek HS. Teachers loved his personality, gift to gab and natural curiosity. He was often paired with the new student to make them feel comfortable and introduce them to others. Robby played Oak Creek Youth Football for the Gators and baseball at OCLL and the Oak Creek Storm travel team. He loved playing first base so he could talk to the umpire, 1st base coach and any opponent reaching first base. He later umpired at OCLL and would talk to coaches, players, fans and often share skittles with the 1st base coaches between innings.
At OCHS he loved all Industrial Arts classes and was really talented with his hands. He enjoyed building, fixing and all things related to tools. Tom Holterman was one of Rob’s favorite teachers and mentors. He joined the Neolithic Society and they would often go looking for arrow heads in the farm fields each spring. Rob excelled at the classes he enjoyed and got by in the classes he didn’t. What’s funny is every teacher would note his infectious personality. Even when he didn’t do well in their class, they remarked about his smile and how they loved having him in class.
Outside of school Robby loved hunting and fishing. He especially loved taking his boat on Lake Michigan fishing for salmon and trout. He joined the Cudahy Trap Shooting team as a shooter and later coached the younger shooters. He had several trips to state and did very well in competitions. Robby also had a love for cars, trucks and working on engines with his friends. He spent a lot of time at Bender Park fishing, boating, hanging out with friends and burning up his tires. He was always willing to help friends with their cars and how to make them faster.
Robby worked as an armed guard for Shield Protective in Racine supporting SC Johnson’s HQ and Johnson Bank in Milwaukee. He also worked at Classic Lanes in Oak Creek as a bartender and lane mechanic. He loved preparing the sand volleyball courts each spring (a big kid in a giant sandbox). Most recently, he was employed at Sonoco in Menomonee Falls as a 3rd shift maintenance attendant. He quickly was promoted to a Maintenance Supervisor role. He loved his job, his team and the company. He was excited about a long term future with Sonoco.
Robby loved people of all ages and had a genuine way of making fast friends. He loved country music and classic rock. He had a gift with little kids. He loved dogs, especially his german shepard, Sky. He made others happy with his smile, quick wit, and enjoyed laughing at his own mistakes. Nothing really bothered him. He would do anything for anybody. Robby liked to have a good time. Speed and adventure were usually in the equation (often called Shenanigans). He loved going to the drag racing tracks and snow mobile races. He lived a full life in his short 26 years and had a positive imprint on all who knew him. His legacy will be the smiles he brings to faces when a “Robby Ellifson” story is told. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. Rest In Peace Robby.
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