About Us

Our Caring Staff

Michael Ernst
Funeral Director / Owner
Michael Ernst began his journey in the funeral industry when he was a freshman in high school. He worked for the Christensen-Ciha Funeral Home in Ida Grove, Odebolt and Battle Creek, Iowa. Michael went on to attend Iowa State University i...
Matthew Ernst
Licensed Funeral Director Intern
Matthew Ernst recently graduated from DMACC's Mortuary Science Program. He is currently serving his year long internship at Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services. Matthew lives with his wife, Melissa, on their acreage outside of Winterset....
DeWayne Smith
Office Manager / Funeral Assistant
Iowa Native, DeWayne grew up in North Liberty/Cedar Rapids areas of Iowa and graduated from Clear-Creek Amana High School in 1997. Being from a small town, DeWayne was coined the nickname Dewey and it never went away! Dewey came to Erns...
Judy Applegate
Funeral Assistant
Judy has been a long time Waukee Resident. After graduating Waukee High School she married her husband Richard "Dick" Applegate. They have one son Todd. Judy has been with Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services since day one. She has been...
Ollie & Quincy
Ollie and Quincy can be found at the funeral home from time to time. These two French Bulldog brothers enjoy lounging in the office, keeping an eye on things and once in awhile greeting visitors on normal office days. They like to wrest...