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Ernest Heinrich August Eltiste

Ernest Eltiste

Born - October 30, 1910

Farm Northeast of Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

Baptized - November 13, 1910

Confirmed - June 1, 1924

Married - October 13, 1937

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas

Died - January 8, 1984

Phillips County Hospital, Phillipsburg, Kansas

Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas



Earnest & Freda (Merklein) Eltiste




Ernest Eltiste

Ernest Henry August Eltiste, son of Fred and Margaretha Grau Eltiste was born on a farm northwest of Phillipsburg, Kansas, October 30, 1910, and departed this life at the Phillips County Hospital, Phillipsburg, Kansas, January 8, 1984, having attained the age

 of 73 years, 2 months and 9 days.

Ernest grew to manhood in the Stuttgart-Phillipsburg area and farmed the family farm where he was born until his retirement. Ill health finally caused him to become a resident of the Phillips County Hospital in Phillipsburg.

On November 13, 1910, Ernest was baptized into the Christian faith at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas and he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 1, 1924, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Stuttgart all his life.

Ernest was united in marriage with Freda Merklein on October 13, 1937, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas. To this union three sons, Loren, Melvin and Dale were born.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents and by a stillborn sister.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Freda of the home at rural Phillipsburg; three sons and their wives: Loren and his wife, Carol, Thousand Oaks, California, Melvin and his wife Patricia, Los Angeles, California and Dale and his wife Debbie, Leawood, Kansas. He leaves five grandchildren: Christopher Eltiste, Chatsworth, California; Kacey and Melissa Eltiste, Los Angeles, California; and Torey and Brandon Eltiste, Thousand Oaks, California. He also leaves many cousins, a large number of other relatives, and many, many friends.

Memorial Services were held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Kansas, on Wednesday, January 11, with the Rev. Duane Levin officiating. Hymns were sung by the congregation with Mrs. Marene Levin as organist.

Casket bearers were Melvin Hesterman, Loren Grau, Lee Vogel, Duane Merklein, Eldon Miller and Robert Merklein.

Interment was in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stuttgart, to await the resurrection.



We extend our sincere appreciation for the many kindnesses shown us at the time of the loss of our loved one. The cards, flowers, memorial contributions, food brought in and other thoughtful deeds brought much comfort and will always be remembered.

The Family of Ernest Eltiste


The Phillips County Review


January 19. 1984




Freda (Merklein) Eltiste - Tombstone Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery



Wife - Freda Alma Martha (Merklein) Eltiste

Born - April 19, 1914

Baptized - 1914

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas
Father - Heinrich L. Merklein

Born - April 4, 1870  ~ Hanover Kansas

Died - November 27,1946  ~ Mound Township, Phillips County, Kansas

Mother - Kathrina Madelena (Krafft) Merklein

Born - May 13, 1878  ~ Waldmannshofen, Germany

Died - October 26,1967  ~ Phillipsburg, Kansas



God Bless AmericaSon - Loren Martin Eltiste

Born - June 13, 1940


God Bless AmericaSon - Melvin Leroy Eltiste

Born - August 11, 1944


Son - Dale Allen Eltiste

Born - February 24, 1950



Sister - Infant Death

Born -July 2, 1907  ۩ Died -July 2, 1907

Buried - Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery

Stuttgart, Phillips County, Kansas



Father - Frederick Henry Eltiste

Mother - Sophie Margaretha (Grau) Eltiste




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