May 15, 2019

Ellsworth “Elzie” Huls, 79, of Hutchinson passed away Wednesday, May 15, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson. Funeral service was Saturday, May 18, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson with interment in the church cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Gerhard Bode. Organist was Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon. Soloist was Gene Kruse performing “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Beautiful Savior” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Honorary casket bearers were Elzie’s godchildren, Lorie Kirtz and Keith Huls. Casket bearers were Elzie’s grandchildren, Shantelle Huls, Alisha Huls, Shana Huls, Katelyn Huls, Kylie Huls, Amanda Huls, Riley Huls, Jacob Huls and Lucas Huls

Ellsworth “Elzie” Martin Huls was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Worthington. He was the son of George and Matilda (Wiechman) Huls. Elzie was baptized as an infant Feb. 4, 1940, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth April 11, 1954, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hector. He attended country school near Hector.

On April 27, 1963, Elzie was united in marriage to Phyllis at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Rodney, Ryan and Rusten. Elzie resided in the Hutchinson area most of his life, most recently at the Oaks in Hutchinson. Elzie and Phyllis shared 52 years of marriage before Phyllis passed away Feb. 19, 2016.

Elzie was employed as a cement truck driver for Rockite Silo, Bremix and Knife River in Hutchinson. Phyllis and Elzie owned and operated Huls Grocery Store in Cedar Mills and Straw Hat Grill in Buffalo Lake.

Elzie was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He loved to usher with his sons and grandsons. He was also a member of Saturday Night Cruisers and Cedar Mills Lions Club.

In his younger years, Elzie enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved the outdoors, watching hunting and fishing shows on TV and having coffee with friends. Elzie was known for infectious humor, he was able to make anyone laugh with his jokes. Elzie cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Blessed be his memory.

Elzie is survived by his sons, Rodney Huls and his wife Rachel of Hutchinson, Ryan Huls and his wife Lynn of Hutchinson and Rusten Huls and his wife Cheryl of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Shantelle Huls, Alisha Huls, Shana Huls, Katelyn Huls, Kylie Huls, Amanda Huls, Riley Huls, Jacob Huls and Lucas Huls; great-grandchildren, Jason, Cynthia, Breah and April Rose Huls; sisters-in-law, Nancy Dahl of Hutchinson, Ruby Huls of Buffalo Lake and Marjorie Huls of Hutchinson; brother-in-law, Jerry Rusch and his wife LuAnn of Hutchinson; and many other relatives and friends.

Elzie was preceded in death by his parents George and Matilda Huls; wife Phyllis Huls; sister Lois Ufkes; and brothers, Rudy Huls, Alvin Huls and Wally Huls.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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