Ernie R. Lewellen 1935-2013

Posted January 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Ernie R. Lewellen 1935-2013

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Ernie R. Lewellen, 77, of Miller, S.D., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center in Miller.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 26 at the First United Methodist Church, Miller. Friends and family may sign Ernie’s online register at

Ernest Rodney Lewellen was born July 3, 1935 at Miller, S.D. to Willard and Margaret Lewellen. He married Alona Anderson on October 15, 1960, in Bruce, S.D. at the American Lutheran Church. They lived in Bird Island, Minn. for one year, then moved to Miller, S.D. where they lived until his passing.

Ernest worked for M&M Tire Shop and then he went to work at Scherr Implement. He owned Ernie and Son’s Tire and later sold it to Midwest Tire and remained on as the manager. After Midwest Tire closed, he went to work at Stobbs Sales where he worked until he went to work at the Hand County Courthouse as a maintenance man until he retired in 1997. 

Ernie was a volunteer firefighter for 18 years. He enjoyed wood working and loved to play cards with friends and family. He loved and cherished being with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alona; three children, Rodney (Michele) Lewellen of Sioux Falls, S.D., Bill (Nancy) Lewellen of Miller, S.D. and Dawn (David) Peterman of Miller S.D.; nine grandchildren, Ryan (Kristi), Joey, Sydnee and Konner Lewellen, Sean, Nick and Amanda Lewellen, Cody and Colton Peterman; one sister, Darla Welk of Miller, S.D.; and a brother Greg Lewellen of Burnsville, Minn. 

He was preceeded in death by his parents.

Rembold Funeral Home of St. Lawrence has been entrusted with Ernie’s arrangements.