The funeral service for Vernon "Red" Ernst will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, with Pastor Terrill Bramstedt officiating. Burial will be in the Elgin Cemetery with military rites by the Elgin American Legion.
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Mr. Ernst, 91, of Plainview, formerly of Elgin, died Saturday evening, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Isidore Health Center of Greenwood Prairie in Plainview.
Vernon Alfred Ernst was born April 26, 1922, in Rochester, to John and Ella (Wandrey) Ernst. He attended rural school during his elementary years and then Elgin High School. Red proudly served his country during World War II as Mate 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy from March 24, 1945 to July 1, 1946. On Oct. 1, 1966, he married Lydell Mickow at Grace Lutheran Church in Rochester. In his early years he worked for area farmers, and then later for Elgin Oil Company and All American Co-op, both in Elgin.
Red spent most of his lifetime in the Elgin area; he enjoyed going hunting and fishing. Red was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin, and the Elgin American Legion.
Red is survived by one sister, Evelyn (Norman) Kruger of Plainview; and one brother-in-law, Raymond Mickow of St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lydell on June 13, 2011, two brothers, one brother-in-law and two sister-in-laws.
Friends and family may visit from 9:30 a.m. to time of service on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Family prefers memorials to the Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Schleicher Funeral Homes, Plainview Chapel, 10 E. Broadway, PO Box 608, Plainview, MN 55964, 507-534-2353.
Guest register may be signed online at schleicherfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Oct. 8, 2013