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Elton E. Wernisch - Rutland: Nov. 27, 1929 May 4, 2014

Posted: Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Elton E. Wernisch, 84, died unexpectedly at his home of natural causes Sunday, May, 4, 2014.

Funeral services are at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Center Baptist Church in Madison with the Rev. John Bracanic officiating. Burial with military honors is in Graceland Cemetery in Madison. The family will be present 7 p.m. Friday at Ellsworth Funeral Home. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church.

Elton Wernisch was born Nov. 27, 1929, at rural Madison, to Ferdinand and Lydia (Nerling) Wernisch. He attended country school and graduated from Eastern High School at Madison. He served active duty in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Elton married Mary Scott on Jan. 22, 1970 at Madison. They divorced in 1986.

He farmed the family farm and was a machinist at Gehl Manufacturing in Madison, Feterl Manufacturing in Salem and Kolberg Pioneer in Yankton. He retired in 1998 and moved to Rutland. Elton was a member of West Center Baptist Church, Madison American Legion and was a proud member of the Rambler Stop coffee crew.

Survivors include four daughters, Sherry (Don) Bauman of Elkton, Lisa (Ricardo) Vega of Sioux Falls, Billie Jo (Kelvin) Hoekman of Nunda, and Amy (Cameron) Roth of South Dakota; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Harry (Shirley) Wernisch of Canby, Minn., and Reinhard (Joyce) Wernisch of Rapid City; and one sister, Alice (Jack) Abbett of Carmichael, Calif.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Otto and Wilburt Wernisch.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ellsworthfh.com.

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