Ernest Fredrick Ness, born March 6, 1932 in Vernon Township, Dodge County, Minnesota, went to join the Lord on April 14, 2022.
Ernie (as everyone knew him) was born to Edwin and Helma Ness on the family farm south of Kasson. He was raised there with his four brothers and two sisters.
He attended country school until seventh grade. His love of horses started when he rode his pony to school every day. He attended and graduated from Kasson High School in 1950 where he excelled in basketball and athletics.
The school is where he met the love of his life and future wife of nearly 72 years, Margaret Van Allen. The first time he laid eyes on her, he told a friend that she was the girl he was going to marry. They courted horses and participated in equestrian shows and parades. Ernie and Margaret shared a mutual love of horses and one of their favorite activities in recent years has been to attend harness racing together. Ernie enjoyed many trips to Montana, as well as Arizona, Texas, and Arkansas, touring those areas and visiting family and friends.
Ernie was a life member of the South Zumbro Lutheran Church. He was baptized, confirmed and married there. He was active in the Luther League and served on the cemetery board for twenty years. His faith was extremely important to him and he instilled these values in each of his seven children.
Over the years, he held jobs as a painter, a farmhand, a fuel hauler for 17 years, a livestock hauler and a supply bus driver. He eventually went to work at the Mayo Clinic as a caretaker, retiring after 24 years of service. During this time he also owned and operated a forty acre farm where he raised his family.
Ernie is survived by his wife Margaret; children Dallas (Sharon) Ness, Brenda (Ike) Currier, Monica (Tony) Brossard, Brian (Bonnie) Ness, Keith (Colleen) Ness, Carmen Hirman and Rhonda (Steve) Larson. He is also survived by his brother Frank (Sandra) Ness; sisters-in-law Colleen Ness, Lorraine Ness and Virginia Van Allen; brother-in-law Gordon Van Allen, 20 grandchildren, soon to be 29 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.
His parents predeceased him; siblings Stanley (Alice) Ness, Davis Ness, Doris (Leonard) Iverson, Manford Ness and Betty Wohlfiel (Melvin Kramer, Kenneth Wohlfiel); brother-in-law Walter Van Allen; sister-in-law Deanna Van Allen and her beloved dog Dee Dee.
Services will be held at South Zumbro Lutheran Church, Kasson Rural, MN on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Pete Wyttenbach and Jeff Bernards officiating. Visitation will take place at the church one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at South Zumbro Lutheran Church.
Dibble Funeral Home & Cremation Services – Kasson takes care of the arrangements. Online condolences can be shared at www.dibblefuneralhome.com.