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home : obituaries : obituaries July 23, 2016

9/3/2013 12:50:00 PM
William F. Ernst

William F. Ernst, 92, of Howard Lake and formerly of Annandale, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at his home after a battle with kidney failure.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating and burial at Corinna Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the National Kidney Foundation or the Fresenius Medical Care, Buffalo.

He is survived by his children Charlotte (Dale) Jopp of Hutchinson, Susan (Peter) Lenz of Waconia, William Jr. (Faye) of Young America, Nadine (Dennis) Jopp of Maple Lake, Nancy (Gerald) Adams of Jackson, Mo., Wanda (Rob) Yelton of Maple Lake and Jill Ernst (fiancé Richard Moore) of Howard Lake; friends of family Rose Shumpert and family and Phil Delarosa; 17 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, four step-great grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife Eunice; parents, William and Agnes; stepfather Helmet Barke; son-in-law Gary DeMorett; granddaughter, Baby Jopp; parents-in-law, William and Leona Emich; brothers, Harold and Alvin; sisters, Helen Emich and Lois Jenneke; brother-in-law George and Earl Emich, Emmert Jenneke, Vernon Holtz, Robert Brown and Leon Kohler; and sisters-in-law Glenna Kohler, Ruth Brown, Joarda Ernst, Doris Holtz and Ethel Emich.

William Fred Ernst was born Dec.18, 1920, in Lester Prairie to William and Agnes (Schmaltz) Ernst. He grew up in Lester Prairie with the nicknames of Bill and Johnny. He was baptized as Wilhelm Freidrich Gustav Ernst, was confirmed and married, all at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. William attended parochial and public schools; graduating from Lester Prairie High School with the Class of 1940. On Feb. 1, 1942, he was united in marriage to Eunice Emich. William farmed for 50 years in Carver, McCloud and Wright Counties, he was a custodian at Annandale School District and drove school bus for 15 years in Annandale and Howard Lake. William has been a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale since 1965 where he has served as a trustee and an elder; he also served on the Clearwater Township Board. He enjoyed farming, playing sports and watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He tried downhill skiing for the first time at age 60 with his family.

Pallbearers: Troy Lenz, Todd, David and Timothy Jopp, Eric Ernst, Nathan, Joshua and Jacob Adams.

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