Ernest “Ernie” Wabasha (age 83) of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Redwood Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton. Visitation was held April 2 and 3rd at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Place online condolences at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.
Ernest R. Wabasha was born September 2, 1929 to Florence Helen (Chase)
and Henry B. Wabasha. He was baptized on December 25, 1929. He served in
the US Navy during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in
1953, Ernie attended DeVry Technical Institute. Ernie was an electronic
technician and worked in the Arctic Circle in 1956 on the DEW
(Defensive Early Learning) Line. He worked for Honeywell for 25 years,
and for 10 years with McDonell Douglas Aircraft working on the Gemini
and Mercury Aerospace Program. Ernie enjoyed fishing, bowling, and
spending time with his family. He was very involved with his cultural
events. In his earlier years, Ernie was active on many committees for
the Lower Sioux and was the first Tribal Representative at Jackpot.
is survived by his wife Vernell of 57 years; daughter Theresa; son
Leonard (significant other Chris); grandchildren: Cheyanne St. John,
Forrest St. John, and Winona Wabasha; great granddaughter Inez St. John
(Crow Dog); sister Vera Hutter; many nieces and nephews; and many
special friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and siblings
America, George, Matthew, Mike, Veronica, Mary, and Ernestine.