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.