Ernest Tschetter

Dates

July 26, 1950 - February 22, 2020

Obituary

Ernest Tschetter, 69, Emery, SD, died Saturday, February 22, 2020, at his home in Emery. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Fulton Christian Fellowship. Visitation will be from 6-8:00 PM Tuesday at Fulton Christian Fellowship with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Burial will be in Emery Community Cemetery.

Ernie C. Tschetter, fell asleep at home surrounded by his children and grandchildren, on February 22, 2020, in Emery, SD.  Ernie was born on July 26, 1950 at New Elm Spring Colony in SD to Christ and Rebecca (Gross) Tschetter. When he was 7 his family relocated to Bigstone Colony, Graceville, MN.  On June 30th, 1974, he married his sweetheart of five years, Esther S Wipf, of Graceville Colony.  In 1977, they moved to Pleasant Valley Colony at Flandreau, SD. In 1986, the family of six relocated to Volga, SD, where he started Tschetter's Construction, which he owned for thirteen years.  He had a great reputation for quality work, and for sharing Jesus with those he worked for. In 1999 he moved to Denver, PA, to be near his beloved children and grandchildren.  There he built his ‘Turtledove’ her dream home, and continued his tradition of excellent carpentry work in the area. In 2006, after a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, the whole family relocated back to quieter and more peaceful Stockholm, South Dakota. He continued working in construction with his son Luke, until Parkinson's disease took its toll.  He worked around home helping Mom, and doing all he could until he was no longer able. In 2007, he and Esther added an addition to their Son-in-law Harold's home, and moved to Emery, SD to live with them. They were able to provide extra help in taking care of Ernie.

Ernie was a deeply devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  His wife, children, and grandchildren were his hobbies. He raised them in the fear of the Lord. Ernie was a man that never met a stranger.  Many times, the family sat in the vehicle waiting, as Dad visited with an elderly gentleman or lady he met on the street. He deeply valued his friends and customers, and was proud of every contact he made in friendship and business.  Ernie loved family singings, Friday evening suppers together, traveling to visit family and friends while he was able, getting visitors, holidays with the family, and peace and quiet at home with his wife of 45 years. As his disability increased, he would sit on his chair with his eyes closed and pray for his children and grandchildren.  It never took Dad long to turn to the Lord in prayer for whatever the situation was that needed it. When his mind started failing, his concern for the souls of men would keep coming to his mind, as he wanted to go here and there to share Jesus with people. He fought valiantly with Parkinson's disease for 13 years. He was ready to shed his tattered tent, and go be with Jesus, where all pain is gone. He will be greatly missed at our family gatherings and in all the details of everyday life.  Even in his weakness, he was a pillar of strength to all of us. 

Ernie has left behind to miss him his loving, faithful wife and caregiver, Esther (Wipf) Tschetter of Emery, SD; daughter, Tania (Harold) Wipf, their children, Terrence, Caleb, Esther, Ernest, Jaron, Simeon and Joseph of Emery, SD; son, Luke (Thelma) Tschetter, their children, Lucas, Marcus, Skye, Clint, and Autumn of Stockholm, SD; daughter, Becky (Paul) Kleinsasser, their children, Heidi, Haley and Paul Jr. of Fedora, SD; son, Ernie Jr. (Anna) Tschetter, their children Christopher, Jonathan, Julie, Philip, Rebecca, and Zachary of Emery, SD; siblings, Peter Tschetter of Emery, SD, Andrew (Anna) Tschetter, Edward (Hilda) Tschetter, Lena Hofer, Jacob (Lena) Tschetter of Flandreau, SD, Henry (Ann) Tschetter of Rockford, Michigan, Mary (David) Wurtz of Montrose, SD, Becky Maendel of Portage LaPrairie, Canada; and many nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents Chris and Rebecca (Gross) Tschetter of Flandreau, SD; sisters Annie (Harry) Waldner of Platte, SD, and Sara Hofer of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada; brother-in-laws Andy Maendel of Portage LaPrairie, Canada, and Harold Hofer; and sister-in-law, Rachel Tschetter.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location
7:00 PM Prayer Service

Fulton Christian Fellowship
25310 419th Ave
Fulton, SD 57340

Service

Date
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time
10:00 AM
Location
Fulton Christian Fellowship
25310 419th Ave
Fulton, SD 57340

Cemetery

Emery Community Cemetery
Emery, SD


Posted by Brenda(Waldner)Kleinsasser on February 29, 2020
So sorry for your loss Esther, Tania and family. My memories of Ernie are those of a Dad when I desperately needed one. Ernie and Ester, you accepted me into your family when I was at a very vulnerable place in my life and our weekly Sunday afternoon visits to your place was like a warm embrace in the midst of a storm. Ernie has ever since had his very own special place in my heart. I'm saddened by your loss and pray the Lords peace and presence surround you in the coming months. Sending love and prayers.
Posted by Esther Tschetter on February 27, 2020
Many thanks to all of you for your prayers,blessings,hugs,love,etc. You have all been very special in our lives and made fond memories of all the blessed times we had together. Ernie never forgot anything .He loved all his friends ( maybe Pal Mel was one of his favorites) and enjoyed get togethers in his healthy days.. I praise God that now he is in the presence of Jesus, no more sorrow sickness or pain.
Posted by Clifford Long on February 25, 2020
A true man of faith and I feel so blessed that God put Earnie n Esther and family in my path so many years ago /we will miss you and until we meet again /my prayer n thoughts are with all the family ❤️ this is just a temporary goodbye 🙏
Posted by Becky Oleneack (Tschetter) on February 25, 2020
Sorry for your loss. I have good memories of Uncle Earnie. One thing that sticks out most for me is how I admired how loving he was towards Esther. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Miriam and Ernie Waldner on February 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Your cousin Ernie and Miriam from Taber Alberta. Canada
Posted by Brenda(Waldner)Kleinsasser on February 25, 2020
So sorry for your loss Esther, Tania and family. My memories of Ernie are those of a Dad when I desperately needed one. Ernie and Ester, you accepted me into your family when I was at a very vulnerable place in my life and our weekly Sunday afternoon visits to your place was like a warm embrace in the midst of a storm. Ernie has ever since had his very own special place in my heart. I'm saddened by your loss and pray the Lords peace and presence surround you in the coming months. Sending love and prayers.
Posted by Brenda(Waldner)Kleinsasser on February 25, 2020
So sorry for your loss Esther, Tania and family. My memories of Ernie are those of a Dad when I desperately needed one. Ernie and Ester, you accepted me into your family when I was at a very vulnerable place in my life and our weekly Sunday afternoon visits to your place was like a warm embrace in the midst of a storm. Ernie has ever since had his very own special place in my heart. I'm saddened by your loss and pray the Lords peace and presence surround you in the coming months. Sending love and prayers.
Posted by Brenda(Waldner)Kleinsasser on February 25, 2020
So sorry for your loss Esther, Tania and family. My memories of Ernie are those of a Dad when I desperately needed one. Ernie and Ester, you accepted me into your family when I was at a very vulnerable place in my life and our weekly Sunday afternoon visits to your place was like a warm embrace in the midst of a storm. Ernie has ever since had his very own special place in my heart. I'm saddened by your loss and pray the Lords peace and presence surround you in the coming months. Sending love and prayers.
Posted by Mel and Barbie Esh on February 25, 2020
Dear Esther, Our hearts are so touched and saddened to hear of our dear friend Ernie's passing. We would love to be there with you in your time of loss. Sending you our love and sympathy across the miles. We have many wonderful memories, often spending New year's Eve together. Those wonderful times of singing and fellowship together were so special. Mel really enjoyed working with Ernie at Ronafa. Ernie's favorite nickname for Mel was Pelmel. God bless you, Esther, And to all of you as a family our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you all.
Grace be with you. We love you.
Posted by Bonnie Wade on February 24, 2020
I remember our many trips to the colony in Flandreau when I was young. My dad, Don Wade, was good friends with Ernie and Chris. I enjoyed going there and meeting the kids,listening to the men visit and watch how things were done. Ernie and Chris were both good men and my dad respected them both.
Posted by Jonathan Breon family on February 24, 2020
May Gods Grace be upon you all in a special way as you grasp the BREVITY of life....and the FINALITY of death. Heaven is nearer when our loved ones are there.
Posted by Rod and Dawn Campbell on February 24, 2020
A beautiful tribute to a dear friend and neighbor. Grateful the Lord blessed us with your family as caring friend. Lord touch the hurting hearts with Your peace, love and even joy at the remembrance of Ernie✝️❤️
Posted by Evelyn Wollmann on February 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss Becky. May God be especially close to you and your family during this time and the days ahead. Such a comfort to know where he is.
Posted by David Z Hofer on February 24, 2020
Many fond memories of Ernie and the family. Robust discussions, lots of clean humor and warm hospitality. He will be missed but we will meet again. May God give you all comfort and strength to cope.
Posted by Susie Kleinsasser on February 24, 2020
May God our Healer be your comforter here on earth while your loved one is rejoicing with Jesus in his new body, our condolences are with you all, stay strong and keep looking to Jesus💝💝💝💝
Posted by Joe and Susan Maendel on February 24, 2020
What an exceptionally beautiful tribute to a very devoted family loving man and Christlike example to all who knew him. Many blessings of love to Esther and all your family.
Posted by Rachel Stahl on February 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. May you find comfort in the many memories you have of Dad. Blessings and prayers sent your way.
Posted by Fred n Carlette (Quilt) Jorges and children. on February 24, 2020
Our deepest condolences Luke and the rest of the family.
I’m so sorry, we can’t make it.
Sending lots of prayers to you and the rest of your family. 😢
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