Kenneth E. Ernst, 77, of Highland died on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at Alhambra Care Center in Alhambra.
Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at Grantfork United Church of Christ. A memorial service will immediately follow the visitation on Monday at the church, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, senior pastor of Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, officiating. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland.
He was born on Oct. 7, 1938 in Highland to Lawrence and Velma (Kruse) Ernst. On Aug. 8, 1958, he married Judith A. Strebel. She passed away on Nov. 18, 2008.
Mr. Ernst grew up in Highland and graduated from Highland High School in 1956. He served with United States Air Force. He farmed until 1984. He and his wife operated the House of Plenty for 27 years. He was a “Jack of all trades” and had many jobs. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and antique tractors.
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He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was a 4-H leader and was a member of the Polled Hereford Association and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA). He was also a recipient of the Outstanding Young Farmer Award.
Survivors include sons, Todd A. (Sheri) Ernst of Highland, Greg “Ernie” S. (Chris) Ernst of Pocahontas, Chad J. (Richelle) Ernst of Alhambra and Tory J. (Carmen) Ernst of Alhambra; daughters, Michele “Shelly” L. (Joe) Dale of Villa Ridge, Mo., and Cara M. (Matthew) Gelly of Highland; grandchildren, Jared T. (fiancee Megan) Ernst, Andrew S. (Laura) Ernst, Katie J. (Carl) Richter, Kyle S. (Heather) Ernst, Meggie A. Ernst, Aubrey E. (Travis) Zobrist, Mathew C. Dale, Chelsey R. (Lee) Short, Courtney R. Ernst, Camie B. Ernst, Taylor A. Ernst, Blake R. Ernst, Kenzie M. Gelly, Lexa A. Gelly and Karigan J.P. Gelly; great-randchildren, Hailey J. Richter, Haydyn Ernst, Tristyn Ernst, Koralyn Ernst, Madelyn Ernst, Josephine Ernst, Addison Short and Liam Short; a brother, Larry D. (Vicki L.) Ernst of Breese; and a sister, Ruth Ann Ernst of Dallas, Texas.
He was also preceded in death by his father, who died on Dec. 19 1999; and his mother, who died on Nov. 29, 2006.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland Hospice or Evangelical United Church of Christ.