Ernie R. Michaelis, 87, Glencoe

2019-11-07

Ernie R. Michaelis, age 87, of Glencoe, passed away at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson on Friday, Nov. 1. 
Memorial Service will be held  at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, rural Glencoe, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Pastor Steve Smith will officiate.
Christy Ittel will be the organist. Kenny Dose will provide special concertina music.
Congregational hymns will be  “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art”  and “Blessed Assurance.”
Pastor Adam Pilarski will sing “Lakt Mich Gehn.”
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Military honors will be provided by  Glencoe American Legion Post #95.
Ernie Richard Michaelis was born in Green Isle Township, rural Glencoe, on Sept. 20, 1932. He was the son of Richard M. and Elsie (Milbrand) Michaelis. Ernie was baptized as an infant on Oct. 2, 1932, by Pastor A. J. Dysterheft and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1946, by Pastor H. H. Schaller both at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe. He 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.
Ernie entered active military service in the United States Army on March 6, 1953, and served his country during the Korean War.  He received an Honorable Discharge on March 4, 1955, and achieved the rank of Corporal.  He returned from serving his country to take over the family farm in rural Glencoe. On Feb. 20, 1959, Ernie was united in marriage to Evelyn (Evie) Bening at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gaylord.  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 U.S. Postal Service in Hopkins for around 12 years. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Jim, Mary Ann and Lois.  Ernie and Evie shared over 60 wonderful years of marriage. 
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. Ernie loved music and so enjoyed singing in the church choir.  For many years he sang in a quartet where his wonderful bass voice was enjoyed by many. Ernie was also 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 were blessed to spend around 60 years playing cards with couples from the farming community, 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 Ernie. You never knew when a sing-a-long would bust out.  Ernie easily made new friends and enjoyed lifelong relationships with so many wonderful people.
Ernie became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson in June of 2019. He was treated with dignity and received wonderful, loving care even as he passed away there on Friday, Nov. 1, at the age of 87 years, 1 month, and 11 days.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Evelyn Michaelis of Hutchinson; children, Jim (Judy) Michaelis of Glencoe,  Mary Ann Haag of Urbandale, Iowa, and Lois (Bruce) Goode of Lakeside, Arizona; grandchildren, Katie (Mike) Hillesheim of Shakopee, Becky (Kelly) Lipinski of Otsego, Jodi Michaelis of Glencoe, Randi (Kevin) Taafe of Arlington,  Ted Haag of Jonesboro, Arizona, Tori Haag of West Des Moines, Iowa, Caroline Goode of Lakeside, Arizona, Josiah Goode of Lakeside, Arizona, and Anneliese Goode of Lakeside, Arizona; great-grandchildren, Cole Hille-sheim, 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; siblings, Ruth (Melvin H. Dose) of Glencoe, and Lois (Willis) Herrmann, 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.
The family invites everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service.
Arrangements by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel of Glencoe.  Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.mcbridechapel.-com.  Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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