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IN MEMORY OF Ernest “Ernie” Steve Kafka

April 17, 2013

Ernest “Ernie” Steve Kafka 
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Ernest “Ernie” Steve Kafka
Memorial services were held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, MN on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating with remembrance by Pastor James Sickmeyer.
1931 - Ernest “Ernie” Steve Kafka - 2013

Ernie Kafka was born on December 22, 1931 in Dante, South Dakota to John and Barbara Rados Kafka. He grew up in Dante and attended country school. On January 14, 1952 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Ernie was stationed in Texas, Wyoming, Maine, Japan, Alaska and Iowa. On January 10, 1954 he and Lillian Baker were married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Old Town, Maine. Ernie was honorably discharged on December 2, 1954. Following their marriage they remained in Old Town for a year before moving to Dante, South Dakota. In 1958 they moved to a farm near Luverne, Minnesota and in 1960 they moved to Beaver Creek, Minnesota where Ernie worked as a bartender. He also served on the Beaver Creek City Council and on the fire Department. In 1969 they moved to Hadley, Minnesota where they ran the Liquor Store until 1971 when they moved to Slayton, Minnesota. Ernie worked at Solar Gas in Slayton for five years. He then worked at Midwest Supply in the tire shop for five years and later was caretaker for Southgate apartments in Slayton. He retired in 1989 due to health reasons. In 2010 they moved to the Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Worthington, Minnesota. Ernie passed away at his home in Worthington on Friday, April 12, 2013 at the age of 81. He was a member of St. Ann’s Church in Slayton. Ernie enjoyed shooting pool, playing cards, fishing, woodworking, crafts, doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening and painting on saw blades.   

Survivors include his wife Lillian Kafka, Worthington, MN; five children and their spouses: David and Jill Kafka, Forest Lake, MN, Mary Jean and David Evans, Pipestone, MN, Dan and Brenda Kafka, Ortonville, MN, Dean and Cama Kafka, Stewartville, MN and Betty and Gary Sandhurst, Fulda, MN; 15 grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren; one sister Dorothy Monson, Montevideo, MN and two sisters-in-law: Wanda Kafka, Luverne, MN and Betty Kafka, Mesa, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Zach Kafka and two brothers: James and LaVern Kafka. 

Memorial services were held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton, MN on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. James Seitz officiating with remembrance by Pastor James Sickmeyer. The organist was Judy Andrews. Interment is at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Slayton, MN. Totzke Funeral Home of Slayton is entrusted with arrangements. To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com.


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