Ernst Danielsson

Ernst Danielsson

Ernst Danielsson was born on December 8, 1936 in Reykjavik Iceland to Daniel Helgi and Martha (Kampfert) Thorkelsson. He went to see our Lord face to face on November 30, 2012, surrounded by his loving wife, youngest daughter, and members of Rivendell Community.

Ernst graduated from University of Iceland with a doctor of medicine, did an internship in Reykjavik, then a general surgery residency at New Britton General Hospital, New Britton, Connecticut. After four years of general surgery he entered residency for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri. In 1973 he moved to his wife's hometown of Springfield where he practiced medicine until his retirement in 2002. While in Springfield he was a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He joined the Rivendell Community, an intentional Christian Community of the Episcopal Church, in 2000.

In 2003 he moved with his wife, Susie, and their daughter to The Rivendell Community motherhouse in Dunnegan, MO. There he spent his time gardening, cutting wood, doing all sorts of outdoor projects on 67 acres, while keeping the Rule of Life of the Rivendell Community and welcoming guests from near and far. He especially valued his friendships with the Amish neighbors and found the exchanges of helping each other to be a joy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Susan Sothern Danielsson of Rivendell; two sons, Sveinn Danielsson, Reykjavik, Iceland, Brendan Scott Danielsson and his wife, Meagan Ridley of Atlanta, GA; a step son, Shawn Kelly McFadin of Tucson AZ; three daughters and a step daughter, Martha Ernstdottir, Bryndis Ernstdottir, both of Iceland, Heather Barbour of St. Joseph, MO, Abigail J. Danielsson of the home; two brothers, Hakon Danielsson and Helgi Danielsson of Reykjavik; nine grandchildren, nieces, nephews and members of Rivendell Community, his extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Burial will be at 3:00 Sunday, December 2 at Rivendell, 365 E. 372 Road, Dunnegan. Memorial services will be on Monday, December 3, 1:30 pm, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church 201 S. Killingsworth, Bolivar, MO, the Rev. Cathy Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Episcopal Relief and Development (

Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 2, 2012