PIERCE COUNTY LEADER; Pierce, Nebraska; Thursday, December 25, 1958
ERNEST H. KORTH LAID AT REST
Ernest H. Korth, who passed away in a Norfolk hospital Thursday, December 18 after a year's illness, was laid at rest Monday. Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran church with the Rev. Robert Harms officiating.
A sextet composed of Alice Buss, LaDonna Bovee, Donna Schulz, Ann Gruett, Dorthalie Kettler and Sandra Tesch sang "This Body in the Grave We Lay" and "Just As I Am Without One Plea". H. J. Wieting was organist.
Burial was in the Lutheran cemetery east of Pierce with Ted Krienke, Herman Ahlman, Ernest Daniels, Art Low, Adolph Carstens and Rudolph Warneke pallbearers.
Ernest H. Korth, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Korth, was born September 26, 1882 on a farm northeast of Pierce. At an early age he was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Lutheran church east of Pierce. On October 30, 1903, he was united in marriage to Freda Cordts at Zion Lutheran in Pierce with the Rev. M. F. Scheips officiating. To this union were born six sons and one daughter.
Mr. Korth spent his entire life in and around Pierce, actively farming until 1949 when he purchased a home in the southwest part of Pierce. His wife passed away September 19, 1951 and in 1953 he wed Mrs. Emma Leitzke. In 1955 sorrow stuck again as death claimed his second wife following a lengthy illness. Although he was semi-retired status, Mr. Korth was very active for his years and spent much time assisting his sons on the farm. His activity continued until illness forced him to completely retire. He was in Omaha and Norfolk hospitals several times undergoing surgery and treatment until death came at the age of 77 years, 2 months and 21 days.
Surviving to mourn his passing are five sons, Raymond, Lorlan, Waleen, all of Norfolk; Alvin, Pierce, and Harold, Denver, Colo. Also 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Scheer, Pierce.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife (Freda Cordts); wife (Emma Leitzke); one son, Reuben; one daughter, Mrs. George (Louise) Beck; three brothers, William, August and Robert and two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Fischer and Mrs. Henry Fischer.