Ernie Richard Michaelis, age 87, of Glencoe, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, rural Glencoe, with interment following in the church cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Pastor Steve Smith will officiate at the memorial service. The organist will be Christy Ittel. Special concertina music will be performed by Kenny Dose; and special vocal music, “Lakt Mich Gehn,” will be performed by Pastor Adam Pilarski. Congregational hymns will be “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” and “Blessed Assurance.”
Military honors will be provided by Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Arrangements are with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.mcbridechapel.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.
Ernie was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Green Isle Township, rural Glencoe, the son of Richard M. and Elsie (Milbrand) Michaelis. He was baptized as an infant Oct. 2, 1932, by Pastor A. J. Dysterheft; and was confirmed in his faith as a youth April 14, 1946, by Pastor H.H. Schaller, both at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe.
Ernie received his education at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Parochial School, District 45, and then graduated from Glencoe High School with the class of 1949.
He entered active military service in the United States Army March 6, 1953, and served his country during the Korean War. Ernie received an Honorable Discharge March 4, 1955, and achieved the rank of corporal.
He returned from serving his country to take over the family farm in rural Glencoe.
Ernie was united in marriage to Evelyn (Evie) Bening Feb. 20, 1959, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jim, Mary Ann, and Lois. Ernie and Evie shared over 60 wonderful years of marriage.
Ernie and Evie farmed together for 28 years, until he retired from rural life in 1987, and moved to Glencoe. After that point, he realized a second career was in order and worked for the US Postal Service in Hopkins for approximately 12 years.
Ernie’s church and faith were very important to him. He was an active lifetime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe. He loved music and so enjoyed singing in the church choir.
For many years, Ernie also sang in a quartet, where his wonderful bass voice was enjoyed by many.
He was a member of the Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Ernie had a kind and gentle soul, always wanting to do things “right.” He loved to have fun, and his laugh was infectious, indeed booming. He enjoyed polka dancing, attending German festivals, snowmobiling, participating in bus trip tours and wintering in Arizona.
Ernie and Evie enjoyed playing cards with couples from the farming community throughout their marriage, most of which were Ernie’s childhood friends.
Ernie was a faithful husband and caretaker for Evie for many years. Family, both immediate and extended, was so very important to him. You never knew when a sing-a-long would bust out.
Ernie easily made new friends and enjoyed lifelong relationships with many wonderful people.
He became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson in June 2019, where he was treated with dignity and received wonderful, loving care.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Evelyn Michaelis of Hutchinson; children: Jim Michaelis and his wife, Judy, of Glencoe, Mary Ann Haag of Urbandale, IA, and Lois Goode and her husband, Bruce, of Lakeside, AZ; grandchildren Katie Hillesheim and her husband, Mike, of Shakopee, Becky Lipinski and her husband, Kelly, of Otsego, Jodi Michaelis of Glencoe, Randi Taafe and her husband, Kevin, of Arlington, Ted Haag of Jonesboro, AR, Tori Haag of West Des Moines, IA, Caroline Goode, Josiah Goode, and Anneliese Goode, all of Lakeside, AZ; and great-grandchildren, Cole Hillesheim, Maggie Hillesheim, Henly Hillesheim, Owen Lipinski, Isaac Lipinski, Tarin Michaelis, Cody Michaelis, Jameson Perschau, Caden Perschau, Amelia Taafe, Paul Taafe, Addy Taafe, and Stella Taafe.
He is further survived by siblings Ruth Dose and her husband, Melvin H., Lois Herrmann and her husband, Willis, all of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. and Elsie Michaelis; brother, Richard G. Michaelis; and grandson, Dustin Michaelis.