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Funeral Service: Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault
  Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Visitation: The Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault
  Friday, April 27th from 4 to 8 p.m.

Ernest E. "Ernie" Vikla, age 85 of Faribault, died on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at St. Lucas Care Center, Faribault.

Funeral Services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Morristown.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, April 27th from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Ernest Ervin, the son of Mathias and Josephine (Andrysck) Vikla, was born August 8, 1926 in New Prague. He graduated from New Prague High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. On April 8, 1953, he married Janelle Kratt at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault. Ernie graduated from Dunwoody Institute and worked at the Ford garages in Montgomery then Faribault. He then spent many years as a Prototype/Industrial Engineer at Owatonna Manufacturing Company. Then after a short time with Cybex in Owatonna, he returned to Mustang of Owatonna as a consultant.

Ernie was known as the Bee Man of Faribault and was a beekeeper for over 75 years. He was a member of the SE Minnesota Beekeepers Association and later in life educated and mentored many about beekeeping. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault and served on the church properties board, Elders board and Evangelism committee. Ernie also enjoyed spending time in his shop creating things.

He is survived by his wife, Janelle; three children, Gail (and Kevin) Solem, Lisa (and Brad) Schmitz and Mark (and Carol) Vikla, all of Faribault; six grandchildren, Kelly (and Mike) Robinson, Amber (and Bob) Giacomini, Tanner and Mara Schmitz, Nolan and Ethan Vikla; four great grandchildren, Micah, Mikell, Giovanni and Gabriel; three brothers, Elmer (and Margaret) Vikla, Sydney (and Betty Ann) Vikla, all of Lonsdale and Floyd (and Donna) Vikla of McGregor; brother in law, Bernie Simacek of Lonsdale; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn daughter, Linda in 1954; a sister, Lillian Simacek; cousins, Emmanuel, Helen, Ray, Robert and Lewis Vikla.


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Name: Gary and Mona Edgar
Email: gledgar@charter.net
Date: Friday April 27, 2012


Ernie was Gary's mentor at work for many years. We both admired and respected his intelligence and gentle spirit. He was a man worth knowing.

Name: Donna and Truman Dokken
Email: donnadokken2@gmail.com
Date: Friday April 27, 2012


Janelle and family-- Sorry to hear about Ernie. Our sympathy to all of you.

Name: Linda Rhode
Email: lndrhd6@gmail.com
Date: Thursday April 26, 2012


I am saddened at the loss of Ernie. Ernie was one of the first people to interact with me when I joined Trinity Church. He was such a strong Christian with so much information and love he loved to share with anyone who wanted to listen. He was a dear friend in Christ, and I will miss him.

Name: Chuck, Sandie & Mike Kuntze
Email: floweramasiouxfalls@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday April 25, 2012


Our deepest sympathy goes to your family. We have often thought of Ernie with fond memories chatting at the bookstore when he would stop by during his "Mall Walk". We were also grateful a couple of years ago when you came to my sisters visitation. He will be greatly missed.

Name: Arlette & John Hogan
Email: jonlet9394@sbcglobal.net
Date: Tuesday April 24, 2012


Dear Janelle & families: Just getting the late news on our computer of Faribo & Owatonna every day and so sorry to hear of your Husband & Father passing into the Lord's hands.......Am sending our deepest Sympathy and you all remember we will all be together another day when our Heavenly Father calls us all home to be with him..........Haven't see Janelle for a while but we have been friends for nearly all our lives and since we live in California we have seen each other now & then when we are home in Minnesota....but we have Arlette(Mensing) & John Hogan.........412 Monti Circle ..... Pleasant Hill, Calif. 94523.............

Name: Shelley Johnson
Email: sjohnson11@owatonna.k12.mn.us
Date: Monday April 23, 2012


Lisa & Family, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember you saying a couple of weeks ago that he'd been sick. Please know that I'm thinking about you & your family. May you find peace & comfort during this difficult time. Prayerfully, Shelley Johnson

Name: gary thoms
Email: greeneryet@yahoo.com
Date: Monday April 23, 2012


This passing cut me to the core. I loved this man -----He was so much like me-----a man worthy of knowing! My friend Gary Thoms