Ernest 'Ernie' Lehmkuhler, 81, formerly of North Platte, died at his home in Dodge City, KS, on Monday, September 10, 2018, after an extended illness.
Ernie was born July 21, 1937, at Arnold, NE, to Ernest and Pauline Lehmkuhler. He grew up on the family farm at Stapleton, NE, and attended Banner School then graduated in 1956 from Baker Rural High School in Stapleton.
In 1957 Ernie was united in marriage to Ardis Shively at the First Presbyterian Church in Stapleton and on Friday, September 7th, they had celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Ernie joined the Army Reserves in 1956 and received an honorable discharge in '63. He was employed by the City of North Platte Municipal Light and Water where he worked as a truck driver and later inventory clerk. After working for the city for 46 years Ernie retired in 2002.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in North Platte and Dodge City. He was a member of Platte Valley Lodge #32 AF & AM for 51 years where he served as Master in 1979. Ernie also served as Grand Tiler for the State of Nebraska Grand Masonic Lodge in 1986, was a member of Tehama Shrine and the North Platte Shrine Club and served as a volunteer fireman in North Platte for many years.
Ernie's hobbies included yard work, photography, woodworking and metal design, leaving behind many treasured gifts. He also enjoyed attending events, camping and traveling the U.S. with family, friends and especially his grandkids. Ernie was a great person who enjoyed doing things for others.
He is survived by his wife, Ardis, and son, Paul (Elaine) Lehmkuhler, all of Dodge City, KS; daughter, Lauretta (L.W. 'John', Jr.) Vian, of Moravian Falls, NC; grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Jones and Ryan (Katie) Lehmkuhler, DDS, of Dodge City, KS, and Heather (Steve) Maly, Michael (Ashley) Clark and Samuel (Hannah) Clark, all of Lincoln, NE; great-grandchildren, Finley, Jack and Alexis Maly and Reagan Jones; brother, Virgil (Karen) Lehmkuhler; sister, Charlene (Dwayne) Berger; sister-in-law, Barbara Lehmkuhler; and other family.
Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Pauline; and brother, David.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service was held Friday, September 14, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Douglas A. Delp officiating. Inurnment with Masonic Rites followed in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Hospitals for Children or the First United Methodist Church.