Ernest A. Tuttle

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Funeral services for Ernie Tuttle of Aurelia, 90, will be Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, with Pastor Jon Riggert officiating, and burial will be in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Aurelia. Visitation at the church will be Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., with the family present, The Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Arnold Tuttle was born north of Aurelia on June 24, 1927, the son of Ernest Charles and Augusta Doris (Hasenwinkel) Tuttle. He attended Afton School #1 until the family moved, and he then attended Afton School #3.

Ernie served in the US Army from October 6, 1950 until July 7, 1952, and the Army Reserve from July 8, 1952 until April 8, 1957. On September 21, 1952, Ernie married Florence Polzin at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Moines. The couple farmed outside of Aurelia. Ernie was the oldest lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aurelia, having been both baptized, on August 7, 1927, and confirmed, in 1942, there, and he served on various boards at the church over the years.

In addition to farming, Ernie operated his “Grandpa’s Fix It” shop, enjoyed tinkering, his garden and flowers, known for growing huge Elephant Ears plants. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Ernie died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center.

Preceding Ernie in death were his parents; four sisters - Verla Tuttle, Mildred Troester, Gladys Tuttle and Lola Dilocker; two brothers - Marvin Tuttle and Gerald “Jerry” Tuttle; one brother-in-law, Dale Van Hemert; three sisters-in-law - Beverly Tuttle, LaVonne Tuttle and Pat Tuttle; and one daughter-in-law, Sandy Tuttle.

Survivors include his wife Florence of Aurelia; four sons; Ernest W. and his wife Pam Tuttle of Olympia, Washington, Jeff and his wife Rita Tuttle of Aurelia, Terry and his wife Mary Tuttle of Cherokee and Tim Tuttle of Aurelia; eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters - Arleen Van Hemert of Johnston and Deloris and her husband William Rogers of Des Moines; two brothers: Ervin “John” and his wife Elizabeth Tuttle of Cherokee and Ron Tuttle of Holstein; one brother-in-law, Lowell Troester of Brighton, Colorado; one sister-in-law, Becky Tuttle of Cherokee; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.