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Ernie Stroup 1936 - 2012
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June 01, 2013
Oh my...I had no idea . Sending my late but heart felt condolences. Thinking of you all and remembering the " Ernie" Grin . I love the pictures you've shared here.
November 28, 2012
Ernie, I will never forget you playing the guitar and singing. Your jokes were endless and brighten up the day. One evening we (Vern and I)went to visit you and it became midnight I was ready to go home and you said "Hay, let me cook some steaks for you." We tried to talked you out of it (I was to tired) but you insisted.
So steak it was and it was sooooo good! Then we listen to another hour of music and jokes.

Your friendship, loyalty, love and music will never be forgotten.
November 28, 2012
Ernie, I will never forget meeting you in Portland the year Colleen and I flew in for a teacher's conference. Our evening out at Der Hofbrau was one I will never forget. First, you showed up decked to the nines in an amazing suit jacket, and my favorite of all, you were wearing cologne.(I have to chase my husband around spraying it on him to get him to wear it!) One can never underestimate the power of a man wearing cologne. It is such a simple thing but it is forever engraved in my memory. Second, you told incredibly funny jokes the entire night, which I thoroughly enjoyed, as my own father was quite a joker as well. Third, thank you for giving me a lifetime friend in Colleen as well as the memory of that wonderful night out in Portland. You were truly a classy, one of a kind man, and I will miss you. RIP dear Ernie.
November 27, 2012
Dad, I can't express how much I miss you or how lost I feel without you in my life. Over the last twelve days, any time I heard a funny joke, my first thought was to pick up the phone and share it with you. A few days ago, I almost called you to ask a DIY home improvement question. Even the other night, you were teaching me how to drive a stick in my dream (I did much better that I ever have in real life). You did so much for me – so much of who I am is because of you.

When I was little, I considered myself “Daddy's Little Girl.” After a few rough years, I'm so glad we became friends and I could reclaim that moniker. You made me laugh. You made me cry. You made me furious. You made me feel protected. You shared stories of your childhood with me, and I grew to understand you better.

You were quick to anger, but felt your emotions deeply. You were honest, generous, hard-working, and brilliant. You could fix anything, whether it was one of my dolls, one of your cars, or my broken spirit.

You were always a rebel. My first motorcycle ride was with you – I was so little that I had to sit in front of you and hang on to the gas cap because my arms wouldn't reach around you. I remember when you climbed the fence on the other side of the bench and sneaked into the mine so you could take pictures. You broke the rules and shared your food with Suede AND let him lay on the couch with you. You had your own way of doing things and stayed true to yourself to the very end, and I respect that. However, this doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye.

You'll always be a part of me and I cherish the memories I have of hanging out with you. I will miss you forever and look forward to seeing you smile and hearing your voice again… That sounds like a wiener.

I love you, Dad, and I'm lost without you! You meant so much to me.
November 25, 2012
Ernie, I ask you to be my best man, and you said yes. We were friends from 1966 to now. I enjoyed making you smile and laugh. Going to Mans Round up and listening to you singing with your guitar. I will always remember dinking around and shootin the bull with you Ernie. Most of all I will miss your wonderfull smile, which lit up my day. I will miss you good friend, will see you someday, when God takes me home.
November 25, 2012
Ernie, thanks for being the man that you were: quick with a joke, hard-working for those you loved, and without a doubt generous beyond belief. I am so fortunate to have known you and to be a part of your family. We miss you but are comforted to know that you are at peace.
November 25, 2012
Dear Family of Ernie I am sorry for your loss. May you find healing and comfort as you work through grief. Love and prayers,
November 24, 2012
Ernie, I've known you for so many years. I will miss you so much. You are at peace now and we will be seeing you again.
November 23, 2012
I miss you Ernie, you were a father to me, I loved you so much.
-Your little guy
November 22, 2012
Ernie; You are a great guy! You are my Navy buddy. Lee and I have fond memories of our time together with the others at Gearhart by the Sea. Tony Irving
November 22, 2012
when god created you the mold of man was forever changed .. you were a very special man . kind,loving, and full of wisdom i have learned so much from you .. you taught me to be a man and stand up for myself and my family .. i hope i can be half the man you were .. when you passed away god obviously needed you in heaven.. and felt you had taught many people how to live a happy and long life life ... i love you uncle and miss you ... we will have to ride together in heaven .... R.I.P. ERNIE
LOVE YOUR NEPHEW ROB
November 22, 2012
UNCLE ERNIE ,YOU WERE ALWAYS MY FAVORITE.YOU ALWAYS WERE TELLIN JOKES AND MAKIN ME LAUGH.. YOU TAUGHT ME NOT TO LET THE LITTLE STUFF UPSET ME I WILL NEVER FORGET THE TIMES WE SPENT TOGETHER ... YOU TAUGHT ME SO MUCH AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU LOVE YOU UNCLE ERNIE YOUR NEPHEW ROBERT
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