Vern L. Ernst, 87, passed away November 10, 2021, at Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, AZ.\n\nVern was born May 22, 1937, at home in Roscoe, S. D. to Eugene and Mary Ernst. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He married Georgie Ann (Dodie) Hammond in Roscoe, S. D. on August 11, 1957.\n\nVern was a true cowboy who had many adventures riding his horse. He was a proud outrider for the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup for 13 years. Vern also enjoyed the camaraderie of lifelong friends on his annual trail rides with the Western South Dakota Buckaroos and the Custer Trail Ride.\n\nAfter his retirement from First Western Bank in 1996, Vern and Dodie moved to Wickenburg, Az, where he enjoyed riding his horse and going on 4-wheeler rides with friends. In Wickenburg, he participated in cattle cutting and sorting; winning some trophies and buckles along the way.\n\nGrateful for having shared his life are his wife Dodie, son Todd (Cheri), and daughters Cheryl Sloan, Shelly (Jack) Kaup, and Sheila Fisher; his grandchildren, who were the joy of his life; Jessica Fisher, Sheena Ernst, Tyler (Alycia) Ernst, Alexandra (Josh) Miller, Mason Kaup, Maryssa Kaup, Mia Sloan and Ian Sloan and seven great-grandchildren; his brother Gordon (Wanda) Ernst and sister Shirley Guthmiller and numerous nieces and nephews.\n\nMeeting him in heaven are his grandson Zack, his parents, sisters Verna, Norma, Ruby, and Pam, and brothers, Melvin and Myron.\n\nVern was a loving father, devoted husband, a loyal friend, and he will be dearly missed.\n\nIn lieu of flowers memorial funds were established in Vern's name for Freedom Express, a volunteer senior transportation program and at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wickenburg, AZ. Condolences may be sent to Dodie Ernst 1855 West Wickenburg Way, Box # 6 Wickenburg, AZ 85390.\n\nA celebration of life will be held in the Black Hills of South Dakota at a later date.