loving to help the little children. In 1980, they retired and sold the business. After their retirement, they continued to live in Windom, where Ernie enjoyed his vegetable and flower gardening. Ernie loved his woodworking hobby, and even harvested a lot of the wood that he utilized to make some unique crafts. Many of these crafts were donated to the Fall Harvest Festivals at Windom American Lutheran Church where Ernie was a faithful member. After Gen¹s death in 2003, he became too lonely and needed more help because of failing vision, so in August 2004, he moved to Burbank, California to live with his daughter and son-in-law. At that time, he became a faithful parishioner at St. Matthew¹s Lutheran Church in Glendale, while continuing membership at ALC. On November 4, 2008, Ernie entered St. Joseph¹s Medical Center in Burbank, CA. During his stay there he had fluid removed from his lung and a Pacemaker placed. On December 11th, he was moved to The Burbank Rehabilitation Center for further therapy. It was there that he passed away early on the morning of January 6, 2009, at the age of 94 years, 6 months and 11 days, due to congestive heart failure. His devoted family includes two children: Judith A. Dellinger and her husband, Ernest, of Burbank, CA; Robert E. Carlson and his wife, Linda, of Midwest City, OK; two grandchildren: Leah M. Rogers (Chad) of Warner Robins, GA; Jeffrey M. Carlson (Krissy) and Step Great Granddaughter, Shaelyn, of Alexandria, VA; Sisters: Della Dierks of Fulda and Irene Hultquist of Windom; Brother, William (Marilyn) of Tracy, Sister-in-law, Ruth Carlson of Slayton, and many other relatives and friends. Ernie was preceeded by his wife of sixty-three years, Genevieve;his parents, Emil and Anna; and two brothers, Raymond and Herbert.