Ernest C. Laudeman

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March 20, 2013

Ernest Clifford Laudeman, 86, of Pattersonville, Ringtown, passed away Wednesday night at his residence.

Born in Ringtown, Dec. 16, 1926, he was a son of the late Adam and Emily Rumble Laudeman.

Ernie was a graduate of the former Ringtown High School.

Upon high school graduation, as combat during World War II raged on, Ernie enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a parachute rigger. He was honorably discharged at the conclusion of the war and received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon.

Following his military service, Ernie enrolled at Penn State University and earned a degree in aeronautical engineering.

He moved to San Diego and worked for various aerospace companies.

In 1962, he started a 25-year career with General Dynamics Convair division, having retired in 1987.

While in San Diego, he met and married his wife, the former Shirley Francis Wilson, who preceded him in death in 2008.

His passion in life were airplanes. His vision prohibited him from flying them, but it did not hinder his ability to design, manufacture and repair them.

A few years after his retirement, Ernie returned home to the Ringtown Valley.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and the American Legion Harry A. Kase Post No. 289, both of Ringtown.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents and his wife, is a sister, Carol Hetherington, in 2009.

Surviving are a son, James Clifford Laudeman, Warner Springs, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Gail Nickols, and her husband, Terry, Aguanga, Calif; a sister, Linda "Suze" Taylor, Aspers; a nephew and caregiver, Darryl Hetherington, and his wife, Judith, Ringtown; a nephew, Dennis Hetherington, and his wife, Vicki, Lewisberry; three nieces, Diane Schappell, Ringtown, Cathy Lorah and her husband, Ronald, Ringtown, and Lori Buckanavage of the Harrisburg area; great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins.

At the convenience of the family, a private Celebration of Life service will be held with Rev. Craig Zimmerman officiating. Interment with military honors will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Ringtown. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements. For additional information or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.woffuneralhome.com.

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Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home
132 South Jardin Street
Shenandoah, PA 17976-2225
(570) 462-0921
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Published in Republican & Herald from Mar. 22 to Mar. 25, 2013
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