Ernest Orrin Hernlem, 91, of Red Wing, died on Monday, June 3, 2019, at the Lake City Care Center. He was born on Sept. 2, 1927, in Goodhue County to Fredrick and Hattie (Bremer) Hernlem. He graduated from Red Wing Central High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957.
Ernest was united in marriage to Marlene Voth on Dec. 28, 1958, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, rural Goodhue. He farmed for 14 years, worked at Red Wing Wood Products Company for six and a half years, and at Carlson Store Fixtures for 25 years, until his retirement. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and served on the church council and the church school board. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, flower gardening, reading, and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene of Red Wing; three children, Cynthia Degener, Gina Hernlem and Brad (Birgita Jean) Hernlem; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Fred Hernlem Jr. and John Hernlem.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Rev. Todd Engel officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Burnside Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church, school or donor’s choice.
Online condolences can be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements made by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.