Ernest (Ernie) Mutcher, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at age 94 at his home in Mesa, Ariz., surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, February 26, 2017.
Ernie was larger than life, always had a smile on his face, and never met a stranger. He will be remembered for his stories, his love of family, Ole and Lena jokes, generosity, and willingness to help others. Everything was better when Ernie was near.
Ernie was born September 11, 1922 in Mowbray, to August and Lena (Hemminger) Mutcher. On November 10, 1944, he married Delphia (Della) Zarn. Together, they raised nine children on a farm outside of Langdon. In 1971 they moved from the farm and into Langdon where he opened Family Shoes. He and Della were active members of the community and were very involved with the United Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Eagles and the Freemasons and enjoyed curling with friends. He and Della moved to Park City, Utah, in 1980 and then to Mesa, Ariz. after retiring. After Della passed in 1993, he married Gail Wallace who brought light back into his life. They both embraced their new lives together with dancing, traveling, and enjoying friends and family. Neither took a day for granted and lived it to the fullest. Between the two of them they have 35 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
Ernie was preceeded in death by his brothers, Alfred and Emil.
He is survived by his sisters Evelyn Witzel, Violet Mueller, and his beloved wife of 22 years, Gail as well as his children: Cheryl (Bob) MacDonald, Dean (Vicki) Mutcher, Gloria Carroll, Becky Gilbert, Rick (Penny) Mutcher, Kelly (Colleen) Mutcher, Debbie Restad, Kim (Pat) Denney and Tim (Julie) Mutcher, Gail’s children: Sharon (Don) Marsh, Don (Sherry) Wallace, Debbie (Bob) Baker, and Roger Wallace.
A celebration of Ernie’s life was held on March 1, 2017, at Pueblo Estates, Mesa, Ariz. Ernie’s family, friends and extended community gathered to say their goodbyes and celebrate the exceptional man that he was. He was truly loved by all. Memorial donations can be made to any Hospice service of your choice.