Obituary: Ervine F. Vomhof

BARABOO – Ervine F. Vomhof, age 91, of Baraboo, went to heaven on December 12, 2023 at Oak Park Place Assisted Living in Baraboo.

Ervine was born in Red Wing, MN on November 7, 1932, to Erwin and Pearl (Dille) Vomhof. He grew up on a farm in rural Goodhue, MN. He was confirmed in 1946 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Goodhue. He attended Dr. Martin Luther High School, Northwestern College and graduated from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1958. He married Marjorie Cantwell on June 6th, 1956 at St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. Ervine was assigned to be the pastor at Alma City and Smiths Mill, MN. In 1964, he accepted the call to Rock Springs and in 1965, he was called to St. Paul’s North Freedom as a dual parish. In 1971, he accepted the call to St. Luke’s in Watertown, where he served until retiring in 1991 from the full-time ministry due to health issues. Ervine began a second career as a Financial Representative with AAL, now Thrivent Financial. He was named rookie of the year, at age 61, in the Ray Schweitzer Agency. He served Thrivent members until 1998. He then went back to serving part time as a vacancy pastor. He served churches in Virginia Beach, VA, Fayetteville, NC, Alexandria LA, Hill Point, Lime Ridge, Prairie du Sac, and Portage. He was a visitation pastor at St. John’s, Baraboo, beginning in 2008 until his health prevented him from continuing. Erv enjoyed deer hunting with the Schara gang around Rock Springs and fishing, especially in Chetek. He was a dedicated husband and father, seldom missing any of his children’s activities.

He is survived by his children, Jerold and David (Kristin); his grandchildren, Nathan, Brett, Sam, Mitchell (Anna), and Mikaela Vomhof; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, in 2013; his parents, Erwin and Pearl; brother, Arnold; brothers-in-law, Duane Tecklenburg and Lyle Miller, and a sister-in-law, Shirley Miller.

A Christian Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. NOON on Friday, December 22, 2023 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, with Rev. Timothy Kuske officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. The Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East Street, Baraboo, WI 53913 or St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 301 Clark Street, Watertown, WI 53094.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers at Oak Park Place in Baraboo for the excellent care he received; a very special friend and companion, Marilyn Forbush, and to Pastors Kuske & Ertl from St. John’s Church in Baraboo.

“Well done, good and faithful servant!