Kenneth E. Ernst


Kenneth E. Ernst, age 77, of Highland, passed away Monday, October 12, in Alhambra Care Center. Funeral services for 77 year-old Kenneth E. Ernst will be Monday, October 19 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grantfork United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 9:00 a.m. to service time at the church. Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, Heartland Hospice, or the Evangelical United Church of Christ. Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland is in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Friday, October 7, 1938, in Highland, IL, the son of Lawrence and Velma (nee Kruse) Ernst.

On Friday, August 8, 1958, he married Judith A. Ernst (nee Strebel) who passed away on November 18, 2008.

He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ; 4-H Leader; Polled Hereford Association; DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement Association); Outstanding Young Farmer Award.

Kenneth was born and grew up in Highland. He 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.

Survivors include:
Son – Todd A. (Sheri) Ernst, Highland, IL
Daughter – Michele “Shelly” L. (Joe) Dale, Villa Ridge, MO
Son – Greg “Ernie” S. (Chris) Ernst, Pocahontas, IL
Son – Chad J. (Richelle) Ernst, Alhambra, IL
Son – Tory J. (Carmen) Ernst, Alhambra, IL
Daughter – Cara M. (Matthew) Gelly, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Jared T. (fiancee Megan) Ernst
Grandchild – Andrew S. (Laura) Ernst
Grandchild – Katie J. (Carl) Richter
Grandchild – Kyle S. (Heather) Ernst
Grandchild – Meggie A. Ernst
Grandchild – Aubrey E. (Travis) Zobrist
Grandchild – Mathew C. Dale
Grandchild – Chelsey R. (Lee) Short
Grandchild – Courtney R. Ernst
Grandchild – Camie B. Ernst
Grandchild – Taylor A. Ernst
Grandchild – Blake R. Ernst
Grandchild – Kenzie M. Gelly
Grandchild – Lexa A. Gelly
Grandchild – Karigan J.P. Gelly
Great Grandchild – Hailey J. Richter
Great Grandchild – Haydyn Ernst
Great Grandchild – Tristyn Ernst
Great Grandchild – Koralyn Ernst
Great Grandchild – Madelyn Ernst
Great Grandchild – Josephine Ernst
Great Grandchild – Addison Short
Great Grandchild – Liam Short
Brother – Larry D. (Vicki L.) Ernst, Breese, IL
Sister – Ruth Ann Ernst, Dallas, TX

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Lawrence W. Ernst (Died 12/19/99)
Mother – Velma D. Ernst (Died 11/29/2006)
Wife – Judith A. Ernst (Died 11/18/2008)

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249

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