Jim B Ernst, 71, of Muscoda, died peacefully Monday, September 23, 2013 in the arms of his loving wife, surrounded by his family. He was born in Gainesville, Florida and moved to Wisconsin as a child. He graduated from Oconomowoc High School in 1961 and married his high school sweetheart Vickie Eastman. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27, 2013. After moving to Muscoda, Jim worked for 20 years for Walsh’s stores in Richland Center and Muscoda. He drove bus for VARC until he retired in 2003. Jim was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he was treasurer for many years. He was a member of the Muscoda Fire Department and was a secretary treasurer and was a member of the Muscoda Lions. Jim was on the Village Planning Commission. He had a deep love and affection for his family and friends. When his health permitted he loved going to sporting events, golfing, and in general being with people.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years Vickie, Four children: David (Michelle) Ernst of Cuba City, Michael (Karen) Ernst of Muscoda, Greg Ernst of Plainfield, Christine (Kyle) Elliott of Plain; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers and sisters: Kay (Dan) Salewske of Tomahawk, Linda Rhode of Waterstown, Fred Ernst of Waterstown, Pegi Ernst of Waterstown; Mother-in-law, Tutti Eastman of Muscoda, Many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Phil and Wilhelmina Ernst and father-in-law James W. Eastman.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Muscoda with Pastor Dana Wilkie officiating. Burial will follow in the Muscoda Cemetery. Friends may call at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00 AM until the time of the services at 1:00 PM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.