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Craig W. Ellyson

November 10, 1937 — April 16, 2023

Morehead City

Craig W. Ellyson, 85, passed away at Carteret Health Care on April 16, 2023.  He was born to the late Dr. and Mrs. Craig D. Ellyson in Waterloo, Iowa on November 10, 1937. He also was predeceased by his sister, Margarete Ellyson Rice.

After earning BS and MS degrees from the University of Iowa in 1962, he worked for a small life insurance company in London, England before beginning his actuarial career in Massachusetts. He attained Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries and was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Prior to establishing his solo pension consulting business he was affiliated with large life insurance companies in New England and Wisconsin.

An avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers, he was also a nationally rated chess player.  Craig was a member of the Lions Club of Stevens Point, WI and, upon retirement, in Morehead City. He served as Treasurer of the Brandywine Bay Owners’ Association, volunteered as a lighthouse keeper at Cape Lookout and was a member of the Carteret Chorale.

Craig leaves his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth C. (B J) Ellyson, sons C. Stewart Ellyson (Ann Brilowski) of Neenah, WI;  Adam  W. Ellyson (Jennifer Riggott) of Trumbull, CT and daughter Sarah K. Ellyson (Andrea Desideri) of Rome, Italy as well as grandchildren Samuel (Jessica), Erin, Olive and Jack and five nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor to Carteret County Humane Society and Animal Shelter, 853 Hibbs Road, Newport, NC 28570 or Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 789, Newport, NC 28570.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Morehead City, NC.

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