Ernest (Ernie) Weyeneth

April 20, 1947 - September 30, 2022

Ernest (Ernie) Weyeneth (75) of Lincoln passed away on September 30, 2022. He was born on April 20, 1947, in Red Willow County where his Family were Homesteaders. His Parents were Leonard (Scoop) and Leila (Jolly) Weyeneth.

He grew up in McCook, NE, graduating from McCook High School. He then attended and graduated from McCook Community College. Ernie continued his education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. While at the University he enlisted in the Navy. He served as a hospital corpsman, assigned to the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. After returning from overseas service, he completed and earned a degree in Business Administration from UNL.

Ernie spent his professional career, 49 years, in the investment business in Lincoln. He was Senior Vice President/Investments and Portfolio Manager at Stifel for the past 9 years. For 15 years he was the Branch Manager of the Shearson office in Lincoln. During this time he also served on the American Express Foundation Board of Directors.

Ernie served as the President of the Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation. He held this position since the Foundations creation in 1988. In 2011, Ernie created the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard Educational Foundation. The Foundation operates the Historic Kimmel Orchard in Nebraska City.

Ernie belonged to several organizations including University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Trustees, Kregel Windmill Factory Museum Board of Directors, Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, Inc., Honorary initiate of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Optimist Club of Lincoln, American Legion of Danbury, and member of First-Plymouth Congregational Church. Over the years Ernie received numerous recognitions and awards for both his professional work and civic involvement. In 2019, he was honored to receive the Distinguished NEBRASKAlander Award from the NEBRASKAlander Foundation.

He is survived by his sons: Leonard (Len) and his wife, Sara; Phillip; grandchildren Benjamin, Samuel, Maxim, Charla Ann, and Thomas; brother Dennis; sister Marilyn Klem and her husband, Ron; uncle Alfred (Butch) Jolly and his wife Barbara; aunt June Jolly; nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins.

Memorials to the Ernest Weyeneth Scholarship Fund at University of Nebraska Foundation, The Story Community Fund at Wyoming Community Foundation, or the Nebraska High School Rodeo Endowment Fund at Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.

Funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook in McCook, NE. A visitation will be held at the church an hour prior to the service. A link to view the funeral service online will be available at mccookumc.com. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 4 to 6 pm at the Country Club of Lincoln.



Funeral Service


Memorial United Methodist Church of McCook

105 East E Street, McCook, NE


Celebration of Life


Country Club of Lincoln

3200 S 24th St Suite 2, Lincoln, NE

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November 22, 2022

So long –

– Steve Harris
October 5, 2022

My condolences to Ernie Weyeneth’s family and many friends. I met Ernie some twelve years ago or so and spent a precious few hours with him on several occasions over the years. That may not sound like enough time to have known somebody very well, but not so with Ernie. The hours spent in conversation with him passed by like minutes, and were worth years. I am blessed to have counted Ernie as a friend. If the quality of a friendship is measured less by the amount of time spent together than by the sincerity of simple acts of caring, like a phone call when he learned of an event in my life, or a thoughtful message on my birthday, Ernie was a best friend. Until we meet again, my friend.

– Kevin Kasten
October 5, 2022

Ernie was a tremendous supporter of our UNL Animal Science Judging teams. He made it possible for so many of our college students to grow from the opportunity of being on one of our teams (Horse, Livestock and Meats). Also, he was dedicated to furthering the opportunities for so many of UNL students involved groups such as Rodeo and Equestrian teams. He was a very giving, passionate person dedicated to helping young professionals reach their potential. I regret not being able to attend the Celebration of Life for him, but will be with the UNL Horse Judging team for the All American Quarter Horse Congress contest in Columbus, OH – pretty fitting I would say!

– Kathy Anderson
October 5, 2022

Life long friend of our family

– Dennis and Charlene Chancellor
October 5, 2022

My wife and I met Ernie over 12 years ago in Lincoln. For some reason, he took a liking to us and we became good friends. Ernie was a good man with a great heart. He was very kind and generous. He took us to the Kimmel Orchard and Foundation events and he and I made a road trip up to Minneapolis back in October of 2011 to watch the Huskers beat the the Gophers in football. It’s a trip I will cherish for the rest of my life. Rest in peace, Ernie. You will be greatly missed.

– Warren Eley
October 5, 2022

Ernie helped me get started in the financial services industry, he was a great mentor and friend.

– Dave Malleck
October 4, 2022

Ernie was an amazing man to grow up knowing. His was loving and giving to a fault. Always had a good story and a big hug. He was so proud of both of his boys and was extra proud of his grandkids. He will be missed so much.

– Jenica Pauletto
October 4, 2022

I served on the Story Community Fund [SCF] with Ernie Weyeneth for over a Decade. Over the years Ernie donated not only money but his time for the improvement of the Story, Wyoming Community. One of his primary goals was to work with Engineers of [WYDOT] , The Wyoming Department of Transportation to widen the shoulders on the Fish Hatchery Road in Story, Wyoming. Ernie’s goal was to help protect the residents of Story as they walked up and down the narrow shoulders of the Fish Hatchery Road from the Story School to the Story Fish Hatchery. He will be missed.

– Bernie Spielman

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