Daniel Wayne Ernst, age 46, of Waconia, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, at United Hospital in St. Paul.
He was born Feb. 13, 1961 in Buffalo, the son of August H. and Mildred M. (Ladda) Ernst. Daniel was baptized March 5, 1961 at Salem Lutheran Church in Loretto, and confirmed April 11, 1976 at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford by the Rev. Wilbert Neumann.
Daniel was united in marriage to Patricia A. Williams Nov. 24, 1984, at Cross Lutheran Church in Rockford by the Rev. Robert Kant.
Family was a number one priority in Daniel’s life, and he was a proud papa to Ashley and Shawn. He loved hanging out with his friends; especially his Bible study group, and took great pleasure in being the head usher at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Daniel loved his job and had a very strong work ethic. He was always playing pranks on people, trying to make everyone smile and have fun.
He is survived by his loving family: wife Patty; daughter and son-in-law Lee Ann and Chad Mellum of Watertown; son Matthew Daniel Ernst and special friend Brooke Bliese of Alexandria; adopted daughter Jenny Hess and special friend Darryl Holland of Princeton; adopted grandchildren Shawn and Ashley Hess, and Jamie Holland; mother Mildred Ernst of Buffalo; sisters and brothers-in-law Ann and Neil Vogt, and Ruth and Tim Vogt, all of Winner, S.D.; and brothers and sisters-in-law Tom and Debbie Ernst of Buffalo, Micah and Claudia Ernst of Eugene, Mo., Joel and Mary Ernst of Montrose, and Philip and Vicki Ernst of Buffalo.
Daniel is further survived by father-in-law and mother-in-law Edgar and Sybil Williams of Morgantown, W.V.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Betty and Tom Ludovici of Morgantown, W.V., Jack and Virginia Williams of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Bernard and Rosemary Williams of Calcutta, Ohio; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Daniel was preceded in death by his father, August Ernst; and brother-in-law Bob Williams.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Nov.17 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Revs. Peter Peitsch and Phil Wagner officiating. Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Tom Ernst, Joel Ernst, Micah Ernst, Philip Ernst, Nathanael Ernst, and Jon Lazer.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.