Ernest was born July 27, 1931 and moved his family to the Benton Harbor area as a young man. After retiring from the Watervliet Paper Mill more than 20 years ago, he and Mabel returned to his beloved Missouri hills. He loved his family and especially his grandchildren, Sarah Wake (Casey Troyer), Ben Wake and fiancée Diana Willsie, Christine Coble, Dana (Brian) Morris, Mark Coble, Corey Carolla and fiancée Autumn, Brandi Spaniola and Jenna (Chris) Alisch. He also has 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Grandpa will be missed by all.
Ernest is also survived by his brother Jim (Jeanne) Wake of Cabool; sisters-in-law Joan Wake of Cabool, Linda Wake of Willow Springs, Missouri, and Kathy Wake of Springfield, Missouri.
Ernest was preceded in death by his father Manuel, mother Rosie, sister Julie, and brothers Doyle, Lonnie, Roy and Dale.
Visitation was held on Friday, February 2, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool. Visitation in St. Joseph, Michigan, was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018, and funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Interment was in North Shore Memory Gardens under the direction of Starks Family Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.