Ernest A. Hellmer

Ernest A. Hellmer

March 31, 1933 – January 4, 2022

A Private Memorial Service will be held for the family.  Graveside Services will be held in Westphalia, Kansas at a future date.  Private Family Service.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to your favorite National Park.


Ernest A. Hellmer, age 88, of Westphalia Kansas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

Ernie was born on March 31, 1933, the son of Frank and Agnes in Olpe, Kansas.  He served in the Army from 1953 – 1955.  On October 22, 1955, he was united in marriage to love of his life, Doris Schulte. This union was blessed with three daughters.  He graduated from Emporia State Teachers college in 1959.

Ernie worked in the insurance industry for 34 years.  He enjoyed visiting national parks with his wife, and family vacations in Estes Park Colorado. Ernie also enjoyed hunting and fishing, home remodeling, and was an accomplished carpenter creating many beautiful wood working projects (his girls kept him busy!).

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lee and Francis; sister, Ronnie Benne.  Ernie is survived by his loving wife of sixty-six years; three daughters, Debbie Smolinski (Jerry), Tina Peterson (Les), Elaine Mitera (Gary); three grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers, John and Jerry.

A Private Memorial Service will be held for the family.  Graveside Services will be held in Westphalia, Kansas at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to your favorite  national park.




  • Stephane (Vignaroli) Reynolds Posted January 5, 2022 3:48 pm

    Mom & I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I will miss his neighborly wave every time I drive by.
    Our deepest sympathies.

  • Jerry and Sussn Hellmer Posted January 6, 2022 6:54 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love snd God bless

  • Dennis Riesselman Posted January 7, 2022 10:28 am

    God bless you, Ernie. I knew you when we lived in Kansas and after we moved to Omaha as I was also in the Insurance industry. We did play golf together many times at the Nebraska Claim Ass yearly outing. Our prayers go to your family for the loss of a good friend. May your soul and all the souls rest in peace. Amen

  • Brenda Hoggard Posted January 7, 2022 11:02 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Uncle Ernie was such a fun-loving guy and alway enjoyed “giving a hard time” to me before I got married about the guys…but he was always caring and thoughtful in the end and had me laughing and smiling every time I turned around. We will miss you Uncle Ernie and loved you very much.

  • Mark Balus Posted January 8, 2022 9:16 am

    My sympathy and prayers are for you. I worked with Ernie for several years at Empire. He was one of a kind. I’ll miss seeing him at our “ Old Timers “ luncheons.

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