Ernest Stiner

Ernest Henry Stiner, Jr., 84, of Troy, Missouri, entered this world November 7, 1936 and departed March 24, 2021 at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, following a brief illness.

Born in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Ernie was the ninth and youngest child of Ernest H. and Martha (Williams) Stiner. He was the sole survivor of his family.

Ernie graduated from Berwick High School, studied at Eastern Bible Institute in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. After pastoring at the Assembly of God Church in Moscow Mills, Missouri and the Northside Assembly of God in St. Charles, Missouri, Ernie’s photography hobby became his primary vocation. In 1980, Ernie Stiner Photography opened for business in Troy, Missouri, where it remained until Ernie’s retirement in 2008. Ernie was a graduate of MidAmerica Institute of Professional Photographers.

Ernie was a past president of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the International Christian Photographers Association, Professional Photographers of America, and Missouri Professional Photographers. In addition to photography, Ernie enjoyed traveling, walking fields and hunting arrowheads, visiting family, maintaining his property, and spending time with his beloved cats.

Ernie’s greatest mission and passion was knowing and serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a Bible student, scholar, and teacher and eagerly shared his knowledge of God’s Word with others. He was a small group leader and encouraged and nurtured the fellowship of Christian believers. He was a mentor and desired and assisted others to grow in their Christian walk. He was an intercessor, praying for hundreds of friends, strangers, and family members throughout his life. Ernie was a member of Calvary Big Creek Church.

Ernie married Erna Buenemann in 1968 and they shared nearly 53 years together.

In addition to his wife, Ernie is survived by eight nephews, four nieces, many great nieces and nephews, and great, great nieces and nephews. He is further survived by his wife’s family: Marilyn (Mike) Dickerson of Kansas City, Missouri; Gail (Bill) Stanek of Hawk Point, Missouri; Gary (Mindy) Buenemann of St. Charles, Missouri; niece Becky (Jim) Kuhn of Leander, Texas and two great nieces.

Ernie will be remembered as a loving husband, brother and uncle, a great photographer, and a sincere and cherished friend, but primarily as a humble and faithful servant of the Lord.

Family and Friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at KEMPER -KEIM Family Funeral Chapel located at 351 Monroe Street Troy, MO 63379. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2021 at KEMPER -KEIM Family Funeral Chapel located at 351 Monroe Street Troy, MO 63379.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kemper-Keim Family Funeral Chapel, 351 Monroe Street, Troy, Missouri 63379. Online condolences may be made at

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Key Youth Center or Pets Alone Sanctuary in care of Kemper-Keim Family Funeral Chapel P.O. Box 222, Troy, Missouri 63379.

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